Another win for in-form Davis

Mark Davis has qualified for the venue stage of another full ranking event. Picture courtesy Tai Chengzhe, TOP147.com
Mark Davis has qualified for the venue stage of another full ranking event. Picture courtesy Tai Chengzhe, TOP147.com

Mark Davis continued his impressive start to the World Snooker season with another convincing win yesterday (Wednesday).

The St Leonards-based player won the last four frames to see off Kurt Maflin 6-2 in the final round of the International Championship Qualifiers.

Davis has made a number of flying starts to matches this term and he did so again at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield by winning the opening frame 97-0 thanks largely to a break of 66.

The world number 18 went 2-0 up by knocking in a 91 to clinch the second 101-12, but world number 67 Maflin, from Norway, rallied to grab the third 85-15 and levelled at 2-2 by capturing the fourth 69-37 with a top run of 42.

After the interval, though, it was all Davis. He went back in front at 3-2 by winning frame five 107-20 courtesy of a 93 and restored his two-frame cushion by netting the sixth 72-16 with a best run of 42.

A 62 gave Davis frame seven 74-14 and he sealed victory by winning the eighth 65-6 after opening the frame with a 40. The result maintained Davis’s record of reaching the venue stage in every full ranking event so far this season.

The International Championship will run from October 28-November 4 in Chengdu, China. It’s a brand new ranking event with the highest level of prize-money ever at a tournament in China, the winner to receive £125,000.

Davis, the game’s highest ranked player aged 40 or over, also came through the European Tour event two pre-qualifier last Friday, further details of which will appear in tomorrow’s Hastings Observer.

The Six Reds World Champion will be back in action at European Tour event one - the Paul Hunter Classic - tomorrow (Friday) with a first round clash against Sam Baird.