Disappointment for snooker duo

Mark Davis suffered a surprise defeat to Michael Wasley
Mark Davis suffered a surprise defeat to Michael Wasley

Local snooker professionals Mark Davis and Jimmy Robertson were beaten in the final round of the Welsh Open Qualifiers on Saturday.

World number 16 Davis suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat against 79th-ranked Michael Wasley, while 49th-ranked Robertson was beaten 4-1 by 19th-ranked Joe Perry at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

Things began well enough for Davis as he clinched the opening frame 79-7. But Wasley proceeded to reel off three in a row, winning the second 106-1 with a break of 66, the third 93-40 with a 62 and the fourth 68-25.

St Leonards-based Davis stayed alive by clinching the fifth 73-19 thanks largely to a 52 only for Wasley to seal a notable victory by rattling through the sixth 82-0 with all his points coming in a single visit.

Robertson, meanwhile, lost out in a match containing just a solitary half-century break. Perry took the opener 62-33 and doubled his advantage by claiming the second 70-32 aided by a 50.

Bexhill-based Robertson got himself on the scoreboard by notching the third 63-40, but Perry restored his two-frame cushion by edging the next 61-49 and completed the job in the next 67-6.

Robertson recovered from 3-2 down to edge out 76th-ranked Robbie Williams 4-3 in the previous round on Friday. Robertson won the first 71-23 only for Williams to grab the second 73-17 with a 60 and the third 68-13 via a 59.

A 64 gave Robertson the fourth frame 71-28 for 22, but Williams went back in front by capturing the fifth 76-20. Robertson nabbed the sixth by three points despite his opponent knocking in a 68 and won the decider 68-39.

Robertson, incidentally, had beaten both Williams and Perry in last month’s China Open Qualifiers. The venue stage of the Welsh Open is taking place in Newport this week.