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Snooker: Anthony Hamilton in line of fire for Paul Davison
PAUL DAVISON is hoping to become snooker’s Robin Hood today.
The Pickering professional goes up against Anthony Hamilton in the qualifying round of the International Championship in Barnsley.
Nottinghamshire-based Hamilton, known in green baize circles as the ‘Sheriff of Pottingham’, stands in the way of Davison and a £3,000 prize haul – along with a trip to China and qualification for yet another venue.
Davison, who has made it into the final stages of the Australian and Indian Open this season, battles the Sheriff in a best-of-11 frames encounter and is in confident mood.
The pair last met in November 2011 in China Open qualification, when Hamilton claimed a 5-1 victory but 42-year-old Davison said: “He’s a great player but if you can get on top early and take your chances you can win. You have to pounce on mistakes.
“I’ve a lot of respect for him and I think he is the best player who has yet to win a ranking event.
“The prize money is a massive incentive. If you can win your first match, and one or two over there, then you are looking at £10,000.
“It normally takes three or four matches to get £3,000 and it’s a best-of-11 that is decided on the day.”
Globe-trotting Davison, who has only just returned from taking part in the Asian Tour in China, is bidding to book his seat on another long-haul plane as the final stages of the International Championship are staged in the Far East.
He’s also on his way to India next month where, after beating Cao Yupeng in qualifying, he must face amateur Faisal Khan in a wild card contest. The winner meets Stephen Maguire in the last 64 of the Indian Open.
“You have to ensure you are at the top of your game,” added Davison about the prospect of meeting the unknown Indian. “You have to try and do a professional job and treat the player with a lot of respect.”
In between today’s Barnsley excursion and a trip to Delhi, Davison will also lock horns with a familiar foe in the latest Euro Tour event this weekend. He will play Dominic Dale in the first round of the Ruhr Open in Mullheim, Germany, on Saturday morning.
Davison got the better of the two-time ranking winner 5-4 in qualifying for the German Masters nearly two years ago but Dale recovered from 3-1 down to win 6-3 in the final qualifying round of the International Championship last year.
Davison said: “We always seem to be in the same part of the draw. He always seems to play the right shots and he is a good break builder. I need to put him under pressure.”
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