CURRENT world snooker champion Mark Williams will be potting balls in Swindon on Saturday night as he headlines Jesters Snooker Club’s annual ‘An Evening with’ event.

World number two Williams will play 10 frames against the club’s competition winners before posing for photos and answering questions from around the room.

The 43-year-old will then choose a handful of lucky audience members to try and beat him in a one-on-one frame.

Williams, nicknamed ‘The Welsh Potting Machine’, turned professional in 1992 and has since gone on to claim over £6million in prize money from his 27-year career.

The Welshman has won 22 world-ranking events, including three World Championships – in 2000, 2003 and 2018.

After winning the 2018 world title in May of last year, he became the second-oldest world champion in history, aged 43, behind Ray Reardon, who won the prestigious trophy at 45.

Believed to be one of the best long-potters in the game, Williams is partially colour blind and once potted a brown ball, trusting it to be red.

The evening, which is due to be MC’d by former professional player and legendary snooker commentator, Willie Thorne, will commence at 7.30pm and is expected to finish around 11pm.

Jesters Snooker Club manager Brad Baker explained what the night might entail before divulging the conversation he had with Williams that led to the well-known commentator Thorne being invited along too.

Baker said: “Mark is a very laid-back chap. He’ll probably be talking while he is playing and we’ve got Willie Thorne commentating all night, introducing the players as they come on.

“I’m sure he’s got a few stories to tell as well.

“It’s going to be a relaxed night of snooker and telling stories.

“We’ve had (current world number one) Mark Selby here two years ago and then we had Ronnie O’Sullivan here last year.

“We contacted Mark and asked if he was interested in coming down and doing an exhibition – luckily he said yes.

“And he was the one who booked Willie Thorne too.

“We’d originally booked Mark and then he said, ‘I can get Willie to come along as well if you want?’ I couldn’t believe my luck.”

Tickets are still available for the night and are priced at £35 per person. Tickets can be bought by calling up the Snooker Club on 01793 420660.