Davis chalks up more big scalps

Mark Davis. Picture by Monique Limbos
Mark Davis. Picture by Monique Limbos

Mark Davis beat two of the world’s top four ranked snooker players in successive days.

The St Leonards talent defeated fourth-ranked Neil Robertson and third-ranked Judd Trump in the Championship League winners’ group at Crondon Park Golf Club, Essex.

Davis began his campaign with a 3-1 win over Masters champion Robertson aided by breaks of 32 in the first, 61 in the second and 62 in the fourth.

He then lost by the same score to good friend Barry Hawkins, the world no.22 who won the Snooker Shoot-Out in January, despite a magnificent 128 break in frame two.

Davis was edged out 3-2 by world no.5 Shaun Murphy, who didn’t score a point in frames three and four as Davis compiled breaks of 92 and 61.

He ended the first day’s play with another 3-2 loss against seventh-ranked World Open winner Allen having again rallied from two-down with runs of 100 and 71.

Davis started day two with a 3-1 reverse at the hands of eighth-ranked Welsh Open champion Ding, the eventual winner. Davis made a break of 50 in winning frame two against the Chinese star.

The 39-year-old ended the competition by coming from two-down to stun UK Champion and World Championship runner-up Trump 3-2 with runs of 77, 57 and 56. He finished in sixth place, narrowly missing out on the semi-finals.

See Friday’s Hastings Observer for the full article.