Pinches reached the last 48 of the 2014 Australian Goldfields Open, winning three matches before losing to Peter Ebdon. That turned out to be his best run in a ranking event during the 2014/15 season and he finished the campaign ranked 94th in the world.
Pinches enjoyed one of the best moments of his career in 2010, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of Players Tour Championship event four. Pinches came from 3-1 down to win 4-3, making a break of 64 in the deciding frame.
“To come to these PTC events and play in terrific conditions against top class opponents is just fantastic, I can’t praise these tournaments enough,” he said. “The money is very significant for me, and so are the ranking points.”
Pinches came off second best in an epic last 16 contest with legend Stephen Hendry at the Crucible in 2004. He recovered from 7-4 down to lead 11-9, only for the Scot to pull back to 12-12 then edge the deciding frame. Hendry admitted: “I’ve had some battles here over the years but that can go pretty near the top of the list.”
At the 2003 UK Championship, Pinches thrashed Marco Fu 9-1 then beat Graeme Dott 9-6 and Stephen Lee 9-6 to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the first time in his career. But he was no match for Hendry and went down 9-3.
He also got to the last eight of the 2005 Grand Prix.
The Norwich City fan, who sports a distinctive green and yellow waistcoat, was English Amateur champion in 1988 and runner-up to James Wattana in the World Amateur Championship the same year.