Norwich’s Barry Pinches is a two-time ranking event quarter-finalist who achieved a career-high world ranking of 18 during the 2005/6 season.
As well as his distinctive green and yellow waistcoats sported in honour of Norwich City for much of his professional career, Pinches is perhaps best known for his victory against Jimmy White at the 2004 World Championship at the Crucible Theatre. He subsequently took an 11-9 lead against seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry in the last 16, ultimately losing 12-13.
His other notable achievements include victory at the fourth event of the 2010 PTC series which included wins against Mark Williams and Ronnie O’Sullivan, while he also reached the final of Event Two a month prior. In 2007 he also won the invitational Paul Hunter Classic event in Germany.
Pinches is also a former English Amateur Championship winner (1988) and also reached the final of the World Amateur Championship during the same year.
Most recently he regained his main tour place at the start of the 2019/20 season by successfully qualifying through Q School Event 3.
His son Luke is looking to follow in Barry’s footsteps and the pair actually played each other in Q School a year earlier.
Pinches also holds the distinction of having the longest gap between his first and second appearances at the televised stages of the World Championship at the Crucible with 14 years separating his first two appearances (1991-2004).
WST Minor-Ranking Event Titles (1)
- 2010/11: Players Tour Championship Event 4