PAUL DAVISON remained in pole position for a return to the main snooker circuit following the second European Tour event.
The Pickering Potter came through three amateur rounds at the Paul Hunter Classic, in Germany, and beat Kyren Wilson 4-3 in the first round proper before finally succumbing 4-3 to 2013 Crucible star Dechawat Poomjaeng in the last 64.
Davison had been 3-0 up in that encounter and, although he will be disappointed to have been knocked out from such a strong position, he can take solace that his performance firmed up his position in the overall rankings.
With eight spots up for grabs for a Main Tour place, outside of those who already have credentials, Davison is sixth in those standings and 30th overall in the rankings.
He beat Sydney Wilson in a final-frame decider before comfortably disposing of Stefan Schenk and Michael Williams 4-0 and 4-1 respectively.