Davis beats four-time world champ in Belgium

Mark Davis knocked out world number three John Higgins in the European Masters.
Mark Davis knocked out world number three John Higgins in the European Masters.

Snooker star Mark Davis pulled off a tremendous victory over a four-time world champion this afternoon (Wednesday).

The St Leonards potter saw off world number three John Higgins 4-1 in round two of the European Masters in Belgium.

Higgins - one of the all-time greats of the game - edged the opening frame 59-56 thanks to a break of 58, but scored just 33 points thereafter as Davis reeled off the next four frames aided by three fifty-plus breaks.

A 53 got Davis back on level terms and after winning frame three to take a 2-1 lead, the world number 39 went on to seal victory in style with runs of 80 in frame four and 92 in the fifth.

The victory set up a third round meeting with 16th-ranked Anthony McGill or 61st-ranked Alfie Burden tomorrow.

Davis previously saw off 42nd-ranked Matthew Selt 4-1 in round one yesterday.

The 45-year-old began the match with a break of 103 and Selt didn’t score a point in the first two frames. Davis also won the third and although he narrowly lost the fourth, he finished things off in the fifth with the help of a 55.