HOT-shot Andrew Pagett has regained his World Snooker professional tour card for the next two years after taking a chance and jetting off to Portugal to compete in the European Amateur Championships before the coronavirus lockdown.

The Caerphilly-based 37-year-old, who practices at Darren Morgan's Red Triangle Club in Cross Keys, believes he is hitting his peak in the game after a successful campaign on the second-tier Challenge Tour.

Dozens of players withdrew from the European Billiards and Snooker Association's world tournament as the virus began to take hold in the third week of March.

But, with this being one of the few sporting events going ahead at the time and after a phone call to Morgan, who was out at the tournament, father-of-two Pagett decided to go.

His victory in Portugal means the end of a five-year exile from the main professional tour.

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