Essex cueman hoping to move up the rankings

 

D.O.B. 07 Mar 1985

 

Lives Staffordshire

 

Turned Pro 2000

 

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

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £69,543

 

Highest Tournament Break 143 - 2008 UK Championship

 

After a poor first half to the 2013/14 season, Selt improved significantly in the second half and recorded a career landmark.

 

At the Gdynia Open European Tour event in Poland, he reached the semi-finals of a professional tournament for the first time. Wins over the likes of Robert Milkins and Judd Trump put him into the last four, though he was denied a place in the final by Shaun Murphy.

 

In the World Championship, Selt was aiming to make it to the Crucible for the second consecutive year, but after winning his first two matches, he lost 10-7 to Michael White.

 

Selt has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Goldfields Open twice. In 2011 he knocked out legends John Higgins and Stephen Hendry before losing to Shaun Murphy. 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.

 

In 2013 he reached the final stages of the World Championship for the first time by edging out Ken Doherty 10-9 in the final qualifying round.

 

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 qualified for the pro circuit by finishing seventh on the 2006/07 Pontin's International Open Series.

 

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 and frequently takes to the fairways with the likes of Stephen Hendry, John Parrott, Shaun Murphy and footballers John Terry and Jimmy Bullard.