Jamie Burnett won the Scottish 8 ball championship at the weekend. The former Shanghai Masters runner up has turned to playing 8 ball since he retired from the snooker tour. Burnett had a tough draw facing defending champion Ross Fernie in the quarters, it was a tence match with both players making uncharacteristic mistakes but in the end Jamie won 8-6 to set up a semi final match against one of the worlds best in Liam Dunster. Burnett seemed to play his natural attacking fluent game straight from the start against the former World and European pool champ, he raced into a 4-0 lead without missing a ball and never gave Dunster a sniff at getting back into the match winning 9-4. In the final he faced another former European pool champion in Ryan Fleming, again Jamie started in impressive fashion winning the first two frames before Fleming clawed it back to 2-2. There was to be no close contest however with Burnetts break and finishing the majority of his frames and punishing any error from his opponent, he took the Scottish title winning 10-5 becoming the oldest first time winner of the event at the age of 44. It comes two weeks before he goes to defend his Scottish Senior pool title that he has won the previous two years.
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By Emma Maflin