Essex cueman moving up the rankings

 

D.O.B. 07 Mar 1985

 

Lives Romford

 

Turned Pro 2000

 

Best Ranking Performance Quarter-finals, Australian Goldfields Open 2011, 2012

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £69,056

 

Highest Tournament Break 143 - 2008 UK Championship

 

Selt has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Goldfields Open twice. His second run to the last eight in Bendigo came in 2012 as he beat defending champion Stuart Bingham and Ryan Day before losing to eventual champion Barry Hawkins.

 

The Essex cueman then suffered a dip in form, but finished the 2012/13 season on a high by reaching the final stages of the World Championship for the first time. He beat Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 10-8 in his first match then edged out Ken Doherty 10-9 despite being hauled back from 9-4 to 9-9.

 

Selt drew world number one Mark Selby on his Crucible debut, and despite losing the first five frames and eventually going down 10-4, he enjoyed his first taste of snooker's theatre of dreams. "It's given me the buzz that I need to work hard again next year and get back here again," he said. "This is the place where everybody has played and it is the home of snooker."

 

Selt reached the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the first time in his career at the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open.

 

After beating Adrian Gunnell and Ricky Walden to qualify for the trip Down Under, Selt scored the best win of his life so far in the first round in Bendigo, beating four-time World Champion John Higgins 5-4.

 

He went on to beat another Scottish snooker legend, Stephen Hendry, 5-1, before he lost 5-3 to Shaun Murphy in the last eight.

 

In 2009, Selt qualified for the venue stage of both the Shanghai Masters and the Grand Prix. He lost to John Higgins and Stephen Hendry.

 

Selt qualified for the pro circuit by finishing seventh on the 2006/07 Pontin's International Open Series. He reached the semi-finals of one event and the quarters of three more.

 

The 2002 English under-18 runner-up used to be a regular practice partner of Ronnie O'Sullivan.

 

Away from the table, he enjoys playing golf to a handicap of two, and loves looking around golf shops and buying new equipment.