The Sheriff of Pottingham has played in two ranking finals.

 

D.O.B. 29 Jun 1971

 

Lives Muswell Hill, London

 

Turned Pro 1991

 

Best Ranking Performance Runner-up: British Open 1999, China Open 2002

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £66,805

 

Highest Tournament Break 145 - World Championship 1995

 

Hamilton's best run of the 2013/14 season took him to the quarter-finals of the Wuxi Classic in China. He beat four players, including Stuart Bingham and Mark Williams, before losing to Robert Milkins.

 

He also got to the last 16 of the German Masters and the Players Championship Grand Finals. Hamilton finished the season ranked 51st in the world.

 

He got to the semi-finals of the 2009 Welsh Open at the Newport Centre, knocking out Peter Ebdon, Michael Judge and defending champion Mark Selby. He looked set for the final when he led Ali Carter 3-0, only for Carter to fight back to win 6-5 on his way to the title.

 

In 2007, the Sheriff of Pottingham reached the fourth Crucible quarter-final of his career, beating Marco Fu and Ian McCulloch before losing to Stephen Maguire.

 

Known as one of the most accomplished break-builders in the sport and a member of a select band of players to have made over 100 centuries, Hamilton has appeared in two ranking event finals.

 

The first was the 1999 British Open in Plymouth when he lost 9-7 to Fergal O'Brien. In 2002 in Shanghai he faced Mark Williams in the China Open final and looked set for the title when he led 8-5, only for the Welshman to fight back to win the last four frames. He did win the Australian Open and Australian Masters - both non-ranking events - in 1995.

 

Hamilton missed the first three tournaments of the 2000/01 season after breaking his wrist when he boldly tried to stop a mugger stealing his friend's wallet.

 

The laid-back and popular cueman, originally from Nottingham but now living in North London, loves watching sport and listening to bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Strokes, The Stone Roses and The National.