Davis qualifies for UK Champs

Mark Davis, who has reached the last 16 of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship
Mark Davis, who has reached the last 16 of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Mark Davis is through to the venue stage of snooker’s UK Championship.

The St Leonards cueman was in fine form as he saw off Michael White 6-2 in the final round of the qualifiers at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester on Wednesday afternoon.

World no.17 Davis began the match with a magnificent break of 122 en route to a 3-0 lead. White won two of the next three to cut his deficit to 4-2, but Davis clinched the next two to seal a convincing victory.

White, the world no.60 from Wales, had won three matches to get to that stage, but was powerless to prevent Davis ending a seven-match winless run against main tour professionals stretching back to late August.

Davis, a former Six Reds World Champion, will play Ding Junhui in the first round of the venue stage in York early next month. Before then, he will line-up in Players Tour Championship event nine in Antwerp this weekend.

Bexhill-based world no.50 Jimmy Robertson lost 6-2 to Gerard Greene in the penultimate round on Tuesday having edged out Kurt Maflin 6-5 some 24 hours earlier.