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Snooker: Paul Davison loses out to Matthew Stevens in final frame
PAUL DAVISON took world number 12 Matthew Stevens to the brink in the latest round of snooker’s Euro Tour events in Doncaster – but lost out in a final frame shootout.
The world number 71, who is based in Pickering, fought back from 2-0 down and fired breaks of 56 and 54 to take a 3-2 lead over the two-time World Championship finalist but was unable to get over the line in the best of seven frames contest.
Stevens, who won the UK Championship at York in 2003, pinched the match with a break of 54 but, closely following a narrow loss to top 16 player Mark Davis at the Australian Goldfields Open, the performance should provide 41-year-old Davison with further evidence that he is in good form after he qualified for the latter stages of the Indian Open last week.
Next up for Davison is Belgian prodigy Luca Brecel at the Paul Hunter Classic, in Furth, Germany, on Saturday.
The teenager shocked Mark King and took eventual runner-up Shaun Murphy to the brink on his way to the UK Championship quarter-final at York last December but has since found things a little tougher.
Brecel has yet to qualify for the latter stages of a ranking event this season.
“He got to the Crucible 18 months ago and got to the quarters of the UK but he seems to be struggling a little bit,” Davison said of the player ranked immediately above him in the rankings at 70.
“I beat him last time we played. He was 3-1 up and he just couldn’t get over the line. He was twitching every match ball. That was in Poland. I won a deciding frame. I think I made 70-odd if I remember.
“He maybe expected to carry on that form, the results certainly, from the UK but sometimes when you have had a good result you need to knuckle down and make sure you get another one.
“You can’t take anything for granted. I’m not saying Luca has done that but players have been guilty of that in the past. Sometimes you have to get back on the table and keep practising.”
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