TAXI-DRIVING cue king Lee Clough is hitting the accelerator towards the very top in pool.
The Blackpool 39-year-old is celebrating the biggest win of his career at the 8 Ball Pool Masters in Gloucester.
And Clough hopes it will signal an upsurge in his national profile and that of his sport.
Best remembered for reaching the semi-finals of the world championships five years ago, Clough hopes the £10,000 first prize he pocketed after his finest victory on the IPA professional tour will kickstart his career.
Cabbie Clough told The Gazette: “I probably doubted my ability in the past but there’s no reason why I should not get even better.
“The Masters was probably my best achievement, with it being on bigger tables, in a big arena (the South West Snooker Academy) and televised (Sky Sports will show highlights next month as part of a new deal with the sport).”
Clough beat snooker professional Chris Melling in the final and currently stands fourth in the International Professional Pool Players’ Association world rankings.
“The IPA has a new chairman and it’s back on TV, so the future for the sport looks bright,” added Clough, who admits that fitting his pool practice around the day job can be tricky.
“It’s difficult because if I’m not doing so well I want to put in a few extra hours’ practice and that that affects my job as a taxi driver.
“But I haven’t got another Tour event until Birmingham in a few weeks, so I’m working hard to get the bills paid.”
Lee stresses that his pool endeavours are helped greatly by sponsorship from Hurt Plant Hire.