Past News

  
European Tour Event 5
Lisbon
Posted: 16th December 2014
In round one Sam went 2-0 down to Luke Garland before turning things around to win 4-2. In round two Sam started badly again going 3-0 down against Michael Wasley. He then found some form to take the next 4 frames to win 4-3. In the next round it was yet another bad start, this time going 3-0 down before winning frame four. No heroics this time though as Aditya Mehta took the next to win 4-1.  
 
 
For more information go to - European Tour 5
 
 
  
European Tour Event 4
Germany
Posted: 16th December 2014
Off to a good start beating Yu Delu 4-0 in round 1 followed by a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Jud Trump. 
 
 
For more information go to - European Tour 4
 
 
  
Coral UK Championship
Posted: 4th December 2014
After a poor start where Sam went 4-1 down he took three frames on the trot to draw level at 4-4. However, Williams knuckled down to take the next two frames to win 6-4. 
 
 
For more information go to - Coral UK Championship
 
  
International Championship, China
Posted: 8th November 2014
Off to a nice start with a 6-2 win over Kyren Wilson followed by a close win against Mark Davis. currently ranked 16. Sam took the last three frames to win 6-5. In the last 16 Sam faced Mark Williams who took the last three frames to win 6-4 after Sam opened up with a 61 in the first of these frames. Another nice little run and much needed prize money. It's only a matter of time before everything clicks into place......:)
 
 
For more information go to - International Championship
 
  
European Tour Event 3
Bulgarian Open
 
Posted: 5th October 2014
A 4-1 win against Ashley Hugill in round 1 was followed by a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Luca Brecel in round 2
 
For more information go to - European Tour Event 3
 
  
European Championship (Qualifiers)
 
Posted: 1st October 2014
 
A good 6-4 win against Michael Holt in round 1 (last 128) sees Sam play his next match on 26th October.
 
 
For more information go to - European Championship Qualifiers
 
  
European Tour Event 2
Paul Hunter Classic
 
Posted: 24th August 2014
In the first round Sam beat Yu Delu 4-1  before going out 4-2 to Rod Lawler in the second round.
 
For more information go to - European Tour Event 2 and Shanghai Masters (Qualifiers)
 
  
European Tour Event 1 &
Shanghai Masters (Qualifiers)
 
Posted: 15th August 2014
A good win against Peter Lines in the last 128 of the European Tour followed by a close run defeat against Judd Trump in the next round saw Sam score heavily in the frames that he won. Sam carried this good form through to the Shanghai Master qualifiers with wins over Lu Ning and Gary Wilson where a splattering of frame clinching breaks where a feature of Sam game. Stuart Carrington brought this run to and end with a fine 120 break to seal a 5-4 win for the Grimsby cueist.
 
 
 
For more information go to - European Tour Event 1 and Shanghai Masters (Qualifiers)
 
  
Pink Ribbon (SWSA) &
Wuxi Classic (main event - China)
 
Posted: 26th June 2014
 

A good run in the Charity Pink Ribbon event at the SWSA, Gloucester saw Sam win through to the semi finals before losing 4-1 to Lee Wa;ker. A fantastic £10,000 was raise for Breast Cancer.


In the Wuxi Classic Sam travelled to China where Michael Holt proved too strong on this occaision, defeating Sam 5-2.


For more information go to - Pink Ribbon and Wuxi Classic
 
  
Australian Goldsfields Open and Wuxi Classic (Qualifiers)
 
Posted: 30th May2014- Updated 4th June 2014
 

A solid start with a 5-1 win over Craig Barber in round 1 and a W/O against Dechawat Poomjaeng takes Sam into round 3 of the Australian Open qualifiers. Another W/O in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers, this time over Allister Carter on medical reasons, all our hopes are with Allister for the best possible outcome and a return to snooker.


Michael Leslie got the better of Sam in round 3 of the Austrailia Goldsfields Open, so no trip to Austrailia this season.


For more information go to - Australian Open and Wuxi Classic
 
  
 
 
 
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Dafabet World Championship
 
Posted: 18th April 2014
 

 Dreams of repeating last years run where Sam made it through to the Crucible did not happen this time around. Sam will also look back over the season and wonder where he might have been of only he could have repeated the success he had on the European Tour, in the ranking events. Once  the initial disappointment begins to fade and he looks back at his successes he will do what he normally does; take the positives and make ready for the new season with determination to continue his journey up the rankings.......with his West Country supporters behind him all the way.

 
For more information go to - Snooker.org
 
  
China Open
 
Posted: 5th March 2014
 

For the second time in this event, after travelling all the way to China Sam had to ‘run the gauntlet’ of a wild card round. His opponent was an amateur 'gifted' the chance to prematurely halt the progress of someone that has worked hard and at considerable expense to qualify against tough opposition. Sam was expected to win but when in another country over a relatively short format a win is far from guaranteed. Sam is not one to complain but it just does not seem fair that players should have to face this additional hurdle. The only consolation is that Sam will get the same points and prize money as those losing in last 64. Thankfully the other three unlucky professionals got through the wild card round.

 

For more information go to - Snooker.org
 
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Wyldecrest Parks Players Championship Grand Final
 
Posted: 4th March 2014
 

Sam traded frames toe-to-toe with Anthony Hamilton but a solid 57 and a number of fouls in Hamilton's favour was enough to see him win the decider.

For more information go to - Snooker.org
 

  
BetVictor Welsh Open
 
Posted: 23rd February 2014 - Updated: 25rd February 2014
 

Although not playing at his best Sam was pleased to have come through a 5-2 winner against Robbie Williams. This earns Sam a second round match against Stephen Maguire at the Newport Centre, Newport on Monday 24rd February. Good luck Sam!

 

At 3-1 up with a lead and on a break in the fifth frame Sam looked in control and cruising for a significant win against the top seed Stephen Maguire. It was at this point that fortunes took a turn for the worse. Sam missed a straight-forward pink near its spot to let in Maguire for a punishing 68 break to bring the score to 3-2 to Sam. Maguire followed this with two more frames to win 4-3 during which Sam had two further chances to seal a notable victory.

 

Obviously very disappointed Sam will reflect on the missed opportunities and learn from them for future matches. One thing is for sure to have Stephen Maguire on the ropes proves that his game is not far off being a danger to the top players.

 
For more information go to - Snooker.org
 

  
China Open - Qualifiers
 
Posted: 18th February 2014
 
All 128 proffesional played in round 1 of the China Open qualifiers which were held at the South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester. Sam was drawn against Liu Chuang, currently ranked 49 and in the head-to-head Sam led 3-0. However, nothing can be taken for granted at this level and Sam has been struggling a little in previous ranking events this season. With that in mind Sam set about his work with determination to buck this trend. Sam started well taking frame one, running out with a 64 after Liu made an early 47 to lead. In frame two Liu fashioned a 76 from the off to level and a 62 in frame three taking his lead to 2-1. After a close fourth frame that saw Sam win he continued to play well to complete the match without further loss to win 5-2 
 
For more information go to - Snooker.org
 

  
European Tour 8 - Gydnia
 
Posted: 12th February 2014
 
Whereas performing in the ranking tournaments have proved a bit of a challenge for Sam this season, the Tour events are a different story. After reaching the semi-final in this the final event of the season, Sam finished in 11th place in the overall table, a superb effort! This qualifies Sam for the Players Championship Grand Finals to be played at the end of March.
 
On his way to the semi-final Sam beat Vinnie Calabrese 4-2; Jamie Rhys-Clarke 4-0; Nigel Bond 4-3; Barry Pinches 4-2; Alfie Burden 4-3 before losing to Fergal O'Brien 4-1. Let's hope Sam takes these winning ways into the remaining ranking events of the season.
 
For more information go to - Snooker.org
 

  
German Masters - (Qualifiers)
 
Posted: 11th December 2013
 
Sam had a good start knocking in a 70 and 101 in consequetive frames to go 3-1 up against Andrew Higginson. Sam then let slip the lead as Higginson dug in to reel off four frames on the trot to win 5-4....home time!
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
European Tour 7 - Antwerp Open
 
Posted: 16th November 2013 - Updated: 17th November 2013
 
Two 4-1 wins gives Sam a nice start to this event. The first against James Cahill followed by the prime scalp of John Higgins. Sam now awaits his next opponent, the winner of Rory McLeod and PanKaj Advani.....

.....whilst Sam continued his run with a convincing 4-2 win over Rory McLeod to reach the lat 16, young prodigies, all keen followers of Sam, where competing in event 2 of the WEBSF Silver Waistcoat Tour. This  is the very same grass roots from which Sam emerged from, will they follow in his footsteps?.....only time will tell! A good night's sleep for Sam should be the plan as he is back on the baize at 10:00am in the morning against Ben Woolaston.....

Sam had early opportunities in most of the frames but fell short of fully capitalizing on his chances as we know he can, Ben running out a 4-1 winner. Another nice little run that brings valuable points and prize money.     

For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
European Tour 6
 
Posted: 10th November 2013 
 
Another nice little run to the quarter finals for Sam. It started with a walk over against Li Yan. Next up Andrew Higginson, Sam played solid snooker to win 4-0. Ryan Day couldn't hold Sam either, Sam making a 91 and 101 to win 4-1. Allister Carter should have proved a tougher nut to crack but Sam had the measure to win 4-2. Graham Dott kept Sam away from the table for most of the match with a series of frame winning break and ran out a 4-1 winner. Would have been nice to have gone one more and double his prize money, maybe next time...  
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
European Tour 5 - RUHR Open
 
Posted: 6th  October 2013 
 
Sam came from 3-1 down against Ben Harrison to win 4-3. Ben had a 133 and 78 in frames three and four before Sam reeled him in with three straight frames. In the next round Sam grafted his way to take the first four frames against Fergal O'Brien. O'Brien clawed one back and made a 60 in the next but it was Sam who took the frame to win. In the next match Mark Davis was in impressive form, posting 61 & 129 to take the first two frames. Sam hit back with a great 136. However, Davis was not phased and took the next with a 72 only for Sam to reply with an 88 to take the next. Davis kept his form though with a 78 in the final frame to win 4-2.....no complaints! 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

 
International Championship Qualifiers
 
Posted: 6th  October 2013 
 
Dave Harold is a tough opponent and Sam was pleased to take the first two frames. Harold dug in and responded by taking the next five! Sam started a come-back by edging the next follow by two more, posting a 132 and 96 to draw level at 5 a piece. Harold then stopped the Devonian in his tracks to take the final frame and win 6-5.
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
European Tour 4 - Paul Hunter Classic
 
Posted: 24th  August 2013 
 
Another mini run gains Sam valuable points and prize money. This time he beat Liu Chuang 4-2, Andrew Higginson 4-1 before losing to Michael White 4-2. With consistency continuing to improve, even though his 'A' game has yet to surface, it bodes well for the rest of the season....   
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
European Tour 3 - Bluebell Wood Open
 
Posted: 15th  August 2013 - Updated 
 
Solid wins in rounds 1 & 2 against Ratchayothin Yotharuck 4-1 and Tian Pengfei 4-2 that saw Sam play a bit more like we know he can. This sets him up for an encounter against former World Champion Mark J Williams......time to bring the 'A' game to the table! 

No 'A' game but Sam still created the opportunity to take Williams to a deciding frame but a missed 'key' pot proved decisive presenting Williams with the chance he was hoping for to run out a 4-2 winner. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Indian Open Qualifiers
 
Posted: 13th  August 2013
 
Sam was drawn against John Higgins in his first match and was doing okay in what was a scrappy match. At 3-2 down Sam was leading by 53 when the former World Champion etc. etc. stepped in with the only highlight of the match to clear with a 62 to win 4-2. 

For more information go to - World Snooker
 
  
Shanghai Masters Qualifiers
 
Posted: 7th  August 2013 - Updated: 10th August
 
A close run first match against Alex Borg saw Sam hold it together to win 5-4. The first match is always the one you really don't want to lose. Now it's out of the way let's get the show on the road :)

A convincing scoreline of 5-1 against Dechawat Poomjaengfinishing with a nice 90 break sets up Sam's next match against 45th seed Yu Delu in round 3. 

Sam won't be off to China as his run came to an end against Yu Delu 5-2, Yu Delu now faces Ken Doherty in the final qualifying round.

For more information go to - World Snooker
 
  
European Tour 2 - Rotterdam Open
 
Posted: 22nd  June 2013
 
Another fairly good run that saw Sam come through a tight match against Joe Perry, only to lose to Mark Williams for the second tournament in the last 16. Mark went on to win the event which indicates he was in good form. Former World Champions don't give you much but my money is on Sam to turn this encounter around! 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
European Tour 1 - Bulgarian Open
 
Posted: 9th  June 2013
 
After a couple of poor outings to start the season Sam took stock and has begun to turn things around with a nice little run in Bulgaria. First he took out Joe Steele 4-2 before going on to pick up a couple of big scalps. Barry Pinches and Robert Milkins both impressive 4-1 victories. It took a former World Champion Mark Williams to stop Sam in his tracks in the last 16. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Australian Open Qualifiers
 
Posted: 3rd  June 2013
 
Sam is struggling to find the form that took him to the Crucible in April, losing in his first match at the South West Snooker Academy in the Australian qualiers, 5-4 to Matthew Day.
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Wuxi Classic Qualifiers
 
Posted: 3rd  June 2013
 
Sam's start to the 2013/14 season could have been better, losing 5-1 to Michael White in round one of the Wuxi Classic qualifiers, enough said....on to the next tournament.
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Betfair World Championship - Main Tournament
 
Posted: 26th  April 2013
 
Sam's opponent in round one was Stuart Bingham, so a tough match was on the cards. Nevertheless Sam fears no one and always adopts the attitude that if he plays at his best he can compete with the best. Bingham had other ideas and was first out of the blocks, producing top quality snooker with an air of confidence that depicts his world ranking position 7. Sam tried as best he could on the day but failed to hang on to Bingham's coat tails and feed of the very few scraps left him, ending day one a massive 8-1 adrift.

Day two, nothing to lose but a mountain to climb. Sam picked up a second frame after Bingham took the opener but Sam's superb effort to get to the Crucible came to an end after the very next frame....Final score 10-2. 

Sam will probably be a little disappointed overall with his season but when the dust settles and he takes stock, he must take several positives from his good run in the Welsh Open and again in the World Championship where he showed excellent battling qualities, when under severe pressure, wining back to back 10-9 matches and when he demonstrated that he can close out a match against top quality opposition.
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Betfair World Championship Qualifiers
 
Posted: 7th  April 2013 - Updated 9th  & 14th April 2013
 
A solid start to Sam's championship campaign. At 9-5 up Sam was pulled back to 9-7 by Chen Zhe, this triggered the end for Chinese player as Sam knocked in the century to seal the match 10-7.  

Peter Lines was never going to be an easy match in the next round and after a 3-1 lead Sam look in good shape. However, Peter came back and Sam did not shake him off until deciding frame to win 10-9. A win is a win and it's on to the next match,  a new day, a new challenge!

More of the same as Sam beats Rory Mcleod by the same 10-9 score in the next round. All those past final frame deciders that went against Sam stood him in good stead to win again. Joe Perry to book a trip to the Crucible.

What was to happen against Joe Perry set the West Country buzzing! A fantastic and  comprehensive performance from Sam to win 10-3 which was highlighted win a superb 142 break. Crucible next stop!
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Welsh Open - Qualifiers & Main Event
 
Posted: 9th  February 2013 - Updated 24th February
 
Another great result in round two, this time a 4-3 win over Martin Gould in a break filled match. Good luck from the boys at the WEBSF. 

Sam went on to beat Gerrard Greene 4-0 in the first round of the main event only to fall to Robert Milkins 4-2 in the last 32. Sam had good chances to beat his South West Snooker Academy stablemate but experience and some brave potting when it mattered most saw Milkins over the winning line. A good event for Sam, valuable ranking points and something to enhance the bank balance is always welcome!
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Welsh Open - Qualifiers
 
Posted: 7th  February 2013 
 
An excellent 4-1 win over Luca Brecel in round one. Next up Martin Gould in order to reach the televised stages. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Betfair European Tour 5 - Scottish Open
 
Posted: 16th  December 2012 
 
Sam, by his own admission, is having a disappointing year as another early exit sees him slip to 90 in the projected seeding list. It's no disgrace to loose 4-1 to seasoned professional Dave Harold but Sam has work to do. The Christmas break is soon upon us and Sam is going to use the break to chill out and return re-focused on the run to the end of the season and prepare himself for a concerted effort next season. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
12BET.com UK Championship - Qualifiers
 
Posted: 23rd  November 2012 
 
Pankaj Advani beat the modern day master of the three ball game Mike Russell in the recent World Billiards Championship, which proves his match composure and ability as a cueist is without question. Sam was to be on the receiving end of a man in-form losing 6-2. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
UK PTC4 2012
South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester
 
Posted: 13th November 2012 
 
After a few weeks away from tournament play Sam had hoped to do better. However, a tough opener against Martin Gould saw him loose 4-1.
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
UK PTC3 2012
South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester
 
Posted: 7th September 2012 
 
It's not happening for Sam at the moment.......a 4-2 defeat in the third UK PTC against Michael White meant another early exit. A return to form for the second half of the season is important to get things back on track.
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
The Paul Hunter Classic - European Tour 1, Furth
 
Posted: 27th August 2012 
 
Sams first opponent was Mark Davis and an early exit for Sam losing 4-1. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
International Championship Qualifiers
 
Posted: 20th August 2012 
 
Round 1 saw Sam post a 6-1 win over Ben Judge. The result flattered Sam who is struggling with his cueing a little. Second round, another day but a less forgiving opponent....Dave Guilbert made two centuries 102 and 134 to beat Sam 6-2. Back to the practice table seems like a good idea!  
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Betfair European Tour 2 - The Gdynia Open Qualifiers, Poland
 
Posted: 18th August 2012 
 
A quick exit for Sam in his first match against Kurt Maflin 4-2
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
UK PTC2 2012
South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester
 
Posted: 15th August 2012 
 
The second UK PTC tournament of the season started with a 4-1 win against Eden Saraz.  In the next round Sam was up against Mark Joyce, a pro since 2006.  The outcome ended in a 4-1 win for Joyce who went on to loose to Ryan Day in the next round. Sam is currently ranked 81 in the latest projected seedings. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Shanghai Masters Qualifiers 2012
World Snooker Academy
 
Posted: 28th July 2012 
 
An early exit in the first round of the Shanghai Masters Qualifies. He lost 5-2 to Ben Judge. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
UK PTC1 2012
South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester
 
Posted: 22nd July 2012 
 
The first tournament of the season saw Sam record a good 4-2 win against Mike Dunn making a 131 break in the process. In the next round he was to face 'The Nugget' Steve Davis and the outcome was not good, a 4-0 defeat ended Sam's Uk PTC1.....head down and practice for the next tournament. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Australian Goldfields Open 2012
 
Posted: 14th June 2012 
 
As I start writing this news item Sam is in a deciding frame against Dave Harold.....who having been a frame down several times won't lay down! Sam got this far by beating Jamie O'Neil 5-0 and Andy Hicks 5-3 in rounds one and two. Dave Harold is proving to be a tough opponent as we have come to expect of him over the years. Watching the live scoring on the internet one can detect, by the slow scoring and long periods being taken between shots, that this is a tight and tense final frame. Sam leads 33-9 with 75 on the table and the pace has slowed to a near stop! Harold claws his way back to lead 35-33 and he leaves a snooker with just one red and the colours remaining. After a couple of misses from Sam the score goes to 43-33. A red and a colour from Harold takes the score to 50-33 with 25 left on. With Harold in control we need a slice of Baird brilliance to come to the fore.....still they play the balls with tactical astuteness in order to try and gain an opportunity to take the last remaining points. Harold pots green and brown to go 57-33 with 18 on leaving Sam needing a snooker, Sam pots the blue and runs safe. After several visits Harold pots the pink to 5-4.
 
This was another valiant effort from Sam against a seasoned pro ranked well above him. Sam will be gutted as you would expect but ''what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.' Good effort Sam!

For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
SWSA Pink Ribbon 2012
 
Posted: 10th June 2012 
 
Putting the last tournament behind him Sam has started well in the first couple of rounds of the Pink Ribbon Tournament. With wins against Kyren Wilson 4-3 with breaks f 57 & 59 and Tony Drago 4-3 with breaks of 67 and a superb 137. He now has to play Gerard Greene in the last 16......match just finished, Sam lost 4-1. Time to enjoy the rest of this brilliant event before getting back to the practice table for the Australian Qualifiers, Tuesday.


For more information go to - South West Snooker Academy
 

  
WUXI Classic Qualifiers
 
Posted: 5th June 2012 
 
The first tournament of the new season is underway with the qualifying rounds. Sam, by his own admission played some terrible snooker and was not surprised to loose 5-3 against Aditya Mehta. Not the best of starts after such an awesome run in the Q School but as always he will look forward to the Pink Ribbon Tournament and not dwell on past results....


For more information go to - World Snooker
 

  
Sam's Q School adventure cont'd
 
Posted: 17th May 2012 
 
Sam did not need to call on the Good Luck wishes he received from his South West supporters as he finished his Q School 'adventure' with another 4-0 victory. After a tentative first frame Sam got into his stride and now qualifies for a two year stint on the Pro Tour. World Snooker web site, breaking news reported 'Brilliant Baird'.....

Sam is under no illusions as to the task that lies ahead and how important the first year results will be......we know his potential and we look forward to the future with great interest.......Well done Sam!    

For more information go to - World Snooker
 

 
Sam's Q School adventure
Posted: 16th May 2012 
 
Sam has joined the ranks of 'fallen' pro's and aspiring amateurs at the Q School in the race for a two year place on the professional tour. The first tournament has seen Sam in excellent form wining his first four matches 4-0 beating George Marter, Kacper Filipak, Allan Taylor, James Cahill. Sam no faces Nick Jennings in the Quaters.......Good Luck Sam!

For more information go to - World Snooker
 

 
Sam looks to the future and exhibits his talent
 
Posted: 18th April 2012 
 
I spoke with Sam last evening during an exhibition he was giving for a local league. Sam is obviously disappointed at not progressing past the first round in the Worlds. However, he remains upbeat and is looking towards the 'Q' School to get back on the tour and use this seasons experiences to help elevate him up through the ranks. 

As for the exhibition, it was a case of Sam giving excellent value for money! Sam was matched against three quality local league players and four English International youth players from the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation. After 11 frames of scintillating potting and break building 'the professional' remained undefeated. Everyone left having enjoyed a superb evening's entertainment.......check out Sam's details on the 'Exhibitions & Challenge Matches' link if you would like to see Sam in action, it won't cost a kings ransom and you won't be disappointed!
 
 
World Championship Qualifiers 2012
 
Posted: 15th April 2012 
 
In this the final event of the season Sam was drawn against David Grace in the first round of the qualifiers. Sam was under no illusion as to the quality of his opponent and after a tough match and a 137 clearance from Sam, Grace ran out a 10-8 winner.

Sam's best snooker came in the second half of the season with some big scalps and a good run in the Welsh and World Open, the latter seeing him face an experienced ex professional in the wild card round.......Sam is not one to complain and accepted the decision and the result as those that know him would expect. However, I'm not sure wild card rounds of this nature benefits anyone!

Where does Sam go from here?.....I will be speaking with him in the next few days and will report back on his plan for the future.......... 
 
 
HAIKOU World Open 2012
 

Posted: 27th February 2012 

 
Sam was up against local Wild Card opponent, Jin Long, he is probably the strongest of the wild cards players, having been on the Main Tour in recent years. With this experience and home advantage Sam was always going to find it tough and as this is as it turned out. One time Sam was 3-1 down, he rallied round but could only manage to win two more frames before eventually losing5-3. A good run in the Welsh Open and the experience of a trip to China under his belt must be taken as progress. Well done Sam!    
 
For more information go to - World Snooker 
 
 
China Open 2012
 

Posted: 21st February 

 
After the lord mayor's show.....Sam could not repeat the form he showed in the Welsh Open and as a result lost 5-0 to Tian Pengfei.  
 
For more information go to - World Snooker 
 
 
WELSH Open 2012
 

Posted: 8th February - Updated 13th & 14th February 2012

 
A storming start to the Welsh Open with a 4-1 win against Passakorn Suwannawat. Sam realed off breaks of 141, 100 & 99.In the next round Sam beat Li Yan 4-1 with another century. Against Nigel Bond Sam came from 3-2 done and 50 points down to win 4-3. Next up Dominic Dale in the last 48.....a superb 4-2 win with a 136 clearance along the way sees Sam against Mark Selby in the last 32..... Oh so close, Sam led Mark Selby 3-2 before losing 4-3. Sam can only take positives away from this tournament and come back a stronger player..... 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker 
 
 
HAIKOU World Open 2012
 

Posted: 11th January 2012 - updated 12th, 13th, 14th & 24th January 

 
A good start and a first win for Sam in fromt of the camera's, beating Luca Brecel 5-3 in round 1. Next up Liu Chuang.........Another good performance saw Sam win 5-1, Jimmy White next........The Baird, as he is known to his mates, finished with 64, 113 & 82 breaks to beat Jimmy 5-1. Mark Davis in round 4......From 3-1 and 4-3 down Sam came through to win 5-4 against a much more experienced player. This qualifies Sam to play in China next month where he has a chance of facing Ding Junhui in the last 32. The snooker fraternity in the West Country is buzzing!!
 
For more information go to - World Snooker 
 
 
Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 11
 

Posted: 19th December 2011 

 
The last of the PTC's this season and fellow Westcountryman Judd Trump is Sam's first opponent. The match is to be broadcast on Eurosport which is a first for Sam which he relished. Even though Sam did not do a great deal wrong, at this level against an in-form top 16 player, it is always going to be tough call. The match did not take long as Trump pounced on every opportunity to win 4-0. Trump is on a high from recently winning the UK Championsip. It will be interesting to see which players get into his slip stream and take the sport to the next level, will Sam be one of them.........
 
For more information go to - World Snooker 
 
 
Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 12
 

Posted: 16th December 2011 

 
The 12th PTC at Sheffield and a good start against Simon Bedford wining 4-3. Next round another seven frame tussle against Xiao Guodong. Sam was 2-0 down and came back with two good frames to draw level. Xiao Guodong went 3-2 up only for Sam to take the next to draw level again at 3-3. In the decider Sam looked in charge with 67 points on the board only to let his opponent in to win 68-67 and take the match 4-3.....plenty of time to mull over what went wrong on the long drive back home to the West Country!
 
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Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 10
 

Posted: 29-30th November 2011 

 
Sheffield hosts the 10th PTC. Not many would expect Sam to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in his first match, especially as Ronnie has just won his tenth PartyPoker.com Premier League title with a emphatic 7-1 victory over Ding Junhui.....not many that is but his faithful supporters at the WEBSF! Sam did not disappoint running out a 4-2 winner. In the next round Sam beat Passakorn Suwannawat by the same 4-2 scoreline when crucially Passakorn missed three times to gift frame five to Sam at 2-2. Sam finished off the match by running out with a century. Burning the midnight oil is not uncommon at PTC's and a little after 1 am Sam lost 4-2 against the 'King of Matchplay' Ken Doherty in the next round.....Sam will come away from PTC 10 with more positives than negatives.
 
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German Masters 2011
 

Posted: 8th November 2011 

 
Adrian Gunnell, currently rank 45, in the first round ended in a 5-1 defeat for Sam. Despite improvements of late on the practice table results are hard to come by. Sam is not a quitter and there is no doubt his efforts will be rewarded! 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker 
 
 
Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 9
 

Posted: 14th November 2011 

 
Antwerp, Belgium for PTC 9 and a sound start with a 4-2 win against Jurgen van den Bossche in Round 1. Next round a different class of player, Jimmy White. At 2-2 the match was very much in the balance. Experience told in the remaining frames with White running out a 4-2 winner. Back to the practice table to work on the mistakes and build on the positives!
 
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UK Championship 2011
 

Posted: 8th November 2011 

 
Sams first match was against Liam Highfield, who is provisionally ranked 68 in the seedings. Sam got off to an early lead only to see Highfield draw level at 3-3. After messing up a chance to win the seventh frame, Sam left Highfield with a relatively simple clearance on. Highfield uncharacteristically missed a sitter, gifting Sam the opportunity to go 4-3 up, which he duly took. This proved to be a key point in the match as Sam went on to win the next frame with a 134 break and the remaining frame to win the match 6-3.

In the next round Sam was to meet Anthony McGill, 56 in the seedings. After holding his own early on McGill ran away with a business like 6-2 victory.
 
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Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 8
 

Posted: 22nd October 2011 

 
Across the water to Ireland for PTC 8 and after a lean spell Sam got back to winning ways with a 4-0 win over J. P. Kelly. Next up Stephen Lee.....

.....Sam normally thrives on playing top players but this time he struggled to find even his 'B' game and was punished severely by the Rolls Royce cue action of the Wiltshire cueman.
 
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Challenge Match - Belgrave Snooker Club, Plymouth
 

Posted: 21st October 2011 

 
Sam was matched against fellow Devonian Andy Hicks in a best of 7 challenge match at the Belgrave Snooker Club, Plymouth. Sam came out on top 4-1 in an entertaining evening of snooker.
 
 
Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 7
 

Posted: 10th October 2011 

 
Another PTC in quick succession this time back at the superb South West Snooker Academy. Despite Sam doing very little wrong he lost 4-1 to James McGouran....a player that missed no more than four pots in five frames and played solid safety throughout. Sam 'gifting' the first frame with an early mistake which gave James an excellent chance to fashion a good break and settle the nerves. Sam's response was top drawer, he produced a workman like break to level the score. However, James' game remained solid throughout and apart from a chance for Sam to pull a frame back in the fifth, when the blue rattled and stayed on the edge of the pocket, Sam could not produce what we know he is cabable of on the day.
 
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Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 6
 

Posted: 2nd October 2011 

 
....Here we are in Poland and after swapping frames to 3-3 with Ian Burns Sam lost the decider to lose 4-3. This is the halfway mark and the next PTC is at the superb South West Snooker Academy. Sam is in need of a good run of matches, lets hope he can find some inspiration nearer home! 
 
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Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 5
 

Posted: 2nd October 2011 

 
It was back to the World Snooker Academy the the fifth PTC. Sam was pitched against was up against Zhang Anda, after a tussle Sam won 4-3. In the next round Sam lost 4-2 to Dechawat Poomjaeng. Poland next....
 
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Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 4
 

Posted: 28th August 2011 

 
Furth, Germany was the venue for this the fourth PTC of the season and Sam was up against it from the onset, drawing Marco Fu and Jamie Cope in the first two rounds. first up Marco Fu who Sam beat 4-2, an excellent results against a player currently ranked 22. Second match against Jamie Cope, ranked 14,  Sam was looking good at 2-1 up and felt he had an opportunity to cause another minor upset. However, Cope came good to run out a 4-2 winner. There is no easy matches on the PTC  but hopefully Sam will have done enough to be seeded in the next PTC and prehaps avoid the top players for the first round at least!
 
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Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 3
 

Posted: 22nd August 2011 

 
Sam first match was his last in this the 3rd PTC event of 2011. He drew Matthew Stevens, currently ranked 14 in the world and at 3-2 up Sam looked poised for another superb win. However, he let two chances slip which was to prove decisive. Stevens took the life line to leveled and then went on to take the decider to win 4-3. 
 
For more information go to - World Snooker 
 
 
Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 2 
 

Posted: 10th August 2011 

 
In his first round Sam was matched against Liu Song whom he beat 4-3. This meant Sam was up against recent Australian Goldfields Open Winner and top 16 ranked player, Stuart Bingham. Sam played solid snooker to come through a worthy 4-1 winner. Liam Highfield was next and Highfield hardly missed a ball to race to a 3-0 lead. Sam pulled two frames back and looked like pinching the third to draw level. However, a poor safety shot from Sam left a sitter and saw Highfield take the frame to win 4-2. 
 
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Shanghai Masters 2011 
 

Posted: 5th August 2011 

 
One to forget as Sam made an early exit in qualifying round 1 losing 5-1 to Yu Delu.
 
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Australian Goldfields Open Qualifiers 
 

Posted: 28th June 2011 

 
A long close run match saw Sam lose 5-4 against a rejuvenated Adrian Gunnell.
 
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Australian Goldfields Open Qualifiers 
 

Posted: 27th June 2011 

 
A solid start on the first day against Belgian prodigy Luca Brecel. Sam posted breaks of 74, 97, 73 and 68 on his way to a 5-1 win. Next match against Adrian Gunnell.
 
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Players Tour Championship 2011 - Event 1 
 

Posted: 26th June 2011 

 
Sam was drawn against former World Champion Graeme Dott, currently ranked 9th. The short format of first to four frames does not allow for many mistakes which saw a few big names fell by the wayside early on. Unfortunately for Sam Graeme Dott was determined not to add his name to this list, running out a 4-0 winner. 
 
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WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Tour - Event 5 
 

Posted: 22nd May 2011 

 
At the last Gold Waistcoat event of the season Sam lost to Darren Bond from Tiverton in the final. However this enough to take him to the top of the ranking table and take the coveted title of WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Champion 2011.  
 

 
EASB Pro-Ticket Tour Stage 2 - Event 2 & 3
 
Posted: 3rd May 2011 
 
Sam is back on the main tour after topping the ranking table. In event 2 he had a cold start against Adam Duffy in the last 16, having had a w/o in the first round. Despite this he still posted breaks of 54,88 & 94 but Duffy ran out a 5-4 winner. Fortunately other match results went in Sam's favour and he had all to play for in the final event, just 65 points behind Martin O'Donnell.  In event 3 Sam reached the semi final which with other results going Sam's way saw him finish at the top of the rankings and back on the main tour next season.
 
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EASB Pro-Ticket Tour Stage 2 - Event 1
 
Posted: 28th March 2011 
 
Sam wins first event beating Daid Portman 6-4 in the final and David Grace 5-2 in the semi's. In the closing stages Sam made a 128 clearance without using the black and in the final frame made, in his words, his best 63 break to win the match. In the early rounds Sam beat Dean Venables 5-4 from 1-4 down and James Loft by the same score. This puts Sam in second place in the ranking table by 20 points with two more events to go.
 
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SWSA Q School Preparation Series - Event 4
 

Posted: 23rd March 2011

 
Sam missed event 3 due to a clash with the EASB Pro Ticket South, so he had to do very well in this the final event of the series. Sam beat Richard Clark 4-0 in the last 32 but went out to Sam Harvey 4-3 in the last 16. This took Sam to 8th place in the final rankings, the top four players receiving £1000 School Entry.
 
For more information go to - South West Snooker Academy

 
EASB Pro-Ticket Tour South - Event 2 (re-arranged)

 
Posted: 13h March 2011 
 
Sam went out in the last 64 to Andrew Norman 4-1. No excuses Andrew played very well. We now await the rankings to be updated when the event ends today.  (Update: Sam finished in second place in the South rankings)
 
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World Championship Qualifiers 
 

Posted: 9th March 2011

 
Sam's run finally came to an end against Mike Dunn 10-9. Sam fought hard throughout the match and at several points looked like he was going to pull off yet another superb victory. In the end Sam took Dunn to the final black, in the final frame. Sam is obviously disappointed but it does prove yet again that he is continuing to improve and mature into a player good enough to hold his own against players ranked well above him.
 
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World Championship Qualifiers 
 

Posted: 7th March 2011

 
Sam continues his winning ways with wins against Thanawhat Thirapongpaiboon 10-8 and Alfie Burden 10-7. Sam now gets a day off before his next opponent Mike Dunn which is scheduled for Wednesday.
 
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World Championship Qualifiers 
 

Posted: 4th March 2011

 
Sam has started his bid to qualify for the World Championship and has made a solid start beating Colin Mitchell 5-1,  Neil Selman 5-3 and Reanne Evans 10-6. Sam's next opponent is Thanawhat Thirapongpaiboon.
 
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EASB Pro-Ticket Tour South - Event 4

 
Posted: 12h March 2011 
 
Sam reached the final of event 4 before losing to Martin O'Donnell 5-2. To get to the final Sam beat Simon Dent 4-0 in the last 64, Benjamin Finch 4-0 in the last 32, Colin Mitchell 4-1, former practice partner Darren Bond 4-1, in the last 16, James Loft 4-3 in the semi final before losing to O'Donnell. This sees Sam at the top of the South rankings. 
 
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SWSA Q School Preparation Series - Event 2
 

Posted: 13th February 2011

 
Event 2 saw Sam matched against Andrew Norman in round 1. Already these two have met a few times and it was Sam that powered to a 4(52)-0 win on this occasion. In the next round (last 32) Sam beat Lewis Calcutt 4(57,61)-1 to set up a match against occasional practice partner Michael Wasley. Michael came out on top with a 4-3 win and went on to make home advantage count by wining the event.
 
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EASB Pro-Ticket Tour South - Event 3

 
Posted: 5th February 2011 
 
Sam reached the semi final of event 3 before losing to Martin O'Donnell 4-3. To get to the semi's Sam beat Phil O'Kane 4-0 in the last 64, Ryan Causton 4-3 in the last 32, Nick Jennings 4-1 in the last 16 and Sydney Wilson 4-2 in the quarters. This should see Sam still at the top of the Area South rankings. 
 
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SWSA Q School Preparation Series - Event 1
 

Posted: 23rd January 2011

 
Sam spent the last couple of days playing in the Q School Preparation Series hosted by the inspiring South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester. This tournament has been set up to give top amatuer players much needed match practice and the top four a chance to win £1,000 to cover their Q School entry fees.

In round 1 Sam beat Sam Harvey 4-1, he followed this with a 4-3 win over Chris Norbury in the last 32. In the last 16 Sam beat
Jamie O'Neill 4-2 and in the quarters he beat Rhydian Richards 4-3.  In the semi final Sam came up against an in form Kyren Wilson, who had only dropped one frame in his previous matches! Sam lost the match 5-0 but can feel pleased to have reached the semi's and bagged a few points.
 
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WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Tour - Event 1 
 

Posted: 27th November 2010 

 
Sam played reasonably well in the group stages finishing in top spot to qualify for the knock-out stage. He then moved up a gear to win the quarters, semis and the final against Steve Brookshaw from Plymouth. Sam made two centuries on the day but the best break went to former professional Andy Neck who made a superb 138 total clearance.  
 

 
EURO Players Tour Championship - Event 4 
 

Posted: 7th November 2010 

 
Once again Sam played good snooker making frame winning breaks when amongst the balls. His opponent Liu Song proved stronger in the safety department and as a result ran out a 4-3 winner in round 2.  
 
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Players Tour Championship - Event 6 
 

Posted: 20th October 2010 

 
Sam was drawn against number one seed Barry Pinches but was not to be  overawed racing to a 3-0 lead. Pinches in response was not going to go down without a fight and pulled back from almost certain defeat to win 4-3. A disappointing exit for Sam maybe, but another valiant effort against a player well above him in the rankings. It's only a matter of time!  
 
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Players Tour Championship - Event 5 
 

Posted: 20th October 2010 

 
Sam started well with a 4-1 win over Robbie Williams in the qualifying stages of event 5. In the next round he continued to play well but just lost put 4-3 to Jimmy Robinson.   
 
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EASB Pro-Ticket Tour South - Event 1

 
Posted: 3rd October 2010 
 
Sam heads the ranking table after event 1 in his bid to get back on the main tour. In  round one he beat Danny Douane 4-0 posting breaks of 73, 56 & 71. In the last 16 he edged past Lewis Mayes 4-3, Mayes made breaks of 63 & 72. In the quarters Sam beat James O'Sullivan 4-2 and in the semi's he got into his stride posting breaks of 88, 68 & 69 to beat Michael Wasley 4-2. In the final he won 5-3 against James Loft to end a satisfying days play  
 
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World Open Qualifier Update 
 

Posted: 23rd August 2010 

 
In round one Sam beat Anda Ahang 3-2. However in the next round Jamie Jones proved too strong on the day as Sam lost 3-0. Jamie Jones posted breaks of 42,90,46 & 45.   
 
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Players Tour Championship - Event 4 
 

Posted: 15th August 2010 

 
Another good match with a close finish saw Sam narrowly lose 4-3 to Liu Song in the last 128 of event 4. In the final frame Liu Song required a snooker to win the match! Liu Song made breaks of 56 & 84 whilst Sam made breaks of 58 &94.   
 
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Players Tour Championship - Event 3  
 

Posted: 8th August 2010 

 
After a good tournament win just a few days ago under his belt Sam started the PTC Event 3 full of confidence. His first opponent was Peter Lines who he beat 4-1 to book a match against Tom Ford in the last 64. Against Tom Sam felt he played well, apart from two key balls which he missed which proved to be his downfall ending in a 4-1 loss. The margins between winning and losing at this level are often minute, key shots have to be taken and just a few millimetres of roll can make all the difference. The journey continues!  
 
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World Open Qualifiers
 

Posted: 5th August 2010 

 

Sam won through a strong field of 70 players from around the country to win the South West Snooker Academy hosted, World Open Qualifying event. Sam was also awarded a six-month scholarship by Academy manager, Paul Mount, allowing him full use of the Academy's facilities for the duration of the scholarship. In the final Sam beat Andrew Norman 3-2 in an exiting closely fought match.  Sam will travel to Sheffield for the next round.

  
For more information go to - Southwest Snooker Academy
 
 
Players Tour Championship - Event 2 
 

Posted: 12th July 2010 

 
In the first PTC event Sam was drawn against Professional Gerard Greene ranked 28 and lost 4-1. Sam was given a chance to make amends in event 2 having drawn Greene again in round 1. Sam is never phased by previous defeats and proved this again by taking Greene to the final frame before losing a closely fought match, final scores:-
 
Gerard Greene 4-3 Sam Baird
56(50)-68(62), 85(60)-14, 12-84(84), 124(100)-2, 0-83(83), 90-0, 56-2
 
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Sam Goes Down Well In Cornwall 
 

Posted: 12th April 2010 

 
The Mining Division Snooker League Presentation Evening took place on Saturday 8th May. Sam joined fellow Professional Judd Trump in an exhibition of their skills at the 'Gentlemans' Club, Redruth, Cornwall. During the evening Judd and Sam played pairs with local youth players, singes against competition winners before they played a, best of seven, challenge match. Both displayed excellent potting with Sam wining 4-1.
 
 
Sam's World Championship Bid
 
Posted: 3rd March 2010
 

The last time Sam played Joe Delaney he took him to a nail biting black ball finish in the final frame before losing 8-9. Based on this result one could have expected another good tussle between the two professionals. However, things could not have turned out more different! After some solid snooker from Delaney, coupled with uncharacteristic missed chances from Sam, the score gradually crept towards a first session score of 9-0 in Delaney's favour. The match concluded after the first frame of the second session with Sam going in-off the black to register his biggest ever defeat at any level.

 

Sam is obviously disappointed at not only losing, but losing by such a big margin, especially as he has been playing well.  However, he is resolute that he will come back a stronger player as a result. He also wishes Joe all the best in the next round.

 
Posted: 11th February 2010
Sam has had a good start in his first World Championship. After a slow start where he went 1-3 down he kept his composure to get back on level terms before pushing on to beat Stephen Rowlings 10-6. Sam's next opponent is Joe Delaney.
 
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Exhibition - Seaton Snooker League
 
Posted: 11th February 2010

Seaton Snooker League in association with Lyme Bay Auctions Ltd. promoted and sponsored an exhibition of snooker by rookie professional Sam Baird. Sam played no less than 14 frames of snooker against local opposition producing an array of entertaining shots and big breaks.
 
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So Close To China
 
Posted: 8th February 2010

Sam Baird continues with his steady progress in this his first year as a Professional. In the China Open qualifiers he progressed to within one match from qualifying for the main tournament in China. After beating Craig Steadman 5-3 in the first round he went on to beat Liu Song 5-2 in the second. In the third round he moved up a gear to beat Ian McCulloch 5-1. He started well in his final match against Fergal O'Brien until he missed a sitter to go 3-1 up from which he failed to recover and went on to lose 5-2. Disappointed he may be at losing when just one match from qualifying, but he must surely take some real positives from his achievements in his first China Open going forward.
 
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