Paul Davison exits UK Snooker Championship qualifiers

Paul Davison

Paul Davison

Published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

NORTH Yorkshire potter Paul Davison’s dreams of playing in front of a home crowd have again been dashed after he crashed out of the qualifiers for the williamhill.com UK Championship at York next month.

Having seen off Gareth Allen 6-2 in the opening round, the Pickering-based 41-year-old lost 6-4 to Yu De Lu.

So he will not be appearing when the Barbican hosts the game’s second biggest tournament from December 1 to 9.

Six-time champion Steve Davis, meanwhile, pulled off a remarkable recovery in his third round match with Pankav Advani, who had beaten Jimmy White previously.

Davis was in serious trouble at 4-0 down but the 55-year-old, who lost 6-1 to Ronnie O’Sullivan in last year’s event and was beaten by Ding Junhui in the final at York in 2005, surged back to triumph 6-5 in a mammoth six-hour contest.

Davis has only failed to qualify for the latter stages of the UK Championship once in his long career and will play Jamie Burnett for a place at York.

The 16 fourth-round winners from the qualifying event will progress to the televised stages of the tournament at the Barbican.

Tickets are available by calling 0844 854 2757 or by logging on to www.worldsnooker.com/tickets

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