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Peter LinesYorkshireman Peter Lines is excited by the chance to play defending champion Neil Robertson at snooker’s Betway UK Championship this month – though he believes even Ronnie O’Sullivan would have been an easier opponent.

Leeds cueman Lines dropped off the professional tour last season, but has gained a place in the Betway UK Championship as one of the leading amateurs.

The tournament runs from November 22 to December 4 at the York Barbican, with 128 players chasing the famous trophy and a top prize of £170,000.

And Lines will take on Australia’s Robertson in the evening session of Thursday November 24.

“I would rather play Ronnie because sometimes he doesn’t fancy certain matches and he’s there for the taking,” said 46-year-old Lines, who reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship in 2009. “The likes of Neil Robertson and Mark Selby always give 100 per cent and they are very tough to beat. If I’m below par I’ll get thrashed.

“I have beaten most of the top players before so I know I’ve got a chance. Throughout my career I’ve had a good mindset against the top guys because I know I have to play really well. I’ve struggled more against those below me in the rankings and that has cost me a lot over the years.”

linesLines works at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds and plays in tournaments as an amateur. He also provides plenty of moral support for son Oliver, who won snooker’s Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and has now climbed to 61st in the world rankings.

“I spent the last four or five years just desperately trying to keep my place on the tour, and the strain proved too much in the end,” added Lines. “I’m enjoying it more now because it doesn’t bother me as much if I lose, I just look forward to the next event. It’s more important to me now that Oliver does well.”

O’Sullivan, Robertson, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy and Jimmy White will be among the green baize kings competing in York. And with the whole of the first round taking place over the first three days (November 22, 23 and 24) it’s an extraordinary chance for fans to see a wide range of players in action live.

With eight tables in the arena in the early stages, supporters can watch several matches for the price of a single ticket. All-day tickets start at just £11, incredible value to see live sport at the highest level. For details call 0844 854 2757 or visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets