Cox was bang on cue to win the county title

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BRIAN Cox has arrived on the Cambridgeshire snooker scene in style.

BRIAN Cox has arrived on the Cambridgeshire snooker scene in style.The Stanground-based potter recently captured the Amateur County Championship after beating off competition from 32 tough players.

Cox (pictured), who has been a qualified World Professional Billards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) coach for the past 10 years, has only recently relocated to this area from Boston.

Now a Park Farm resident, the 32 year-old wasted no time in making his mark around here by scooping the title and 80 first prize with a 3-0 win over close friend, local billiards maestro Roxton Chapman, in the final.

Cox, who spent two years as a professional during the 1990s, said: "At the moment I am just enjoying playing snooker at the highest level I possibly can and I am very proud to be the Cambridgeshire amateur champion.

"There were some serious players in the event and it was great to come out on top. I won the Boston & District title in 2004 so its nice to add a Cambridgeshire honour to the collection.

"Myself and Roxton actually travelled down together and said that it would be funny if we ended up playing each other in the final.

"That is exactly how it turned out, but we had a few drinks on the way back home so he can't have been too upset!"

Cox came through five matches to triumph in the county event at the Cambridge Snooker Centre.

His quarter-final success featured a break of 74 before he produced two runs of 60 in the semi-finals.

Cox has won more than 30 individual titles in his career and has even managed a maximum 147 break during practice. His best competitive break is a fine effort of 145, while he has a league best of 134.

When he's not collecting trophies, Cox is busy nurturing other snooker talents. He is one of only 50 fully qualified snooker coaches in the world and has the highest available qualification in the field.

Cox added: "I'm based at Riley's on Eastfield Road now and I coach people of any age and ability. I coach here, in Huntingdon, King's Lynn and Boston."

Cox is also looking for pratice partners in the local area. Anyone interested in either coaching or practice can call him on 07738 261592.