Snooker: Paul Davison in bid to return to main tour

Paul Davison

Paul Davison

First published in Sport

MORE of the same is the target for Pickering potter Paul Davison as he steps up his bid to return to the professional main tour.

The 42-year-old cue ace is in action this week at the Paul Hunter Classic - the second of six events that form this season’s European Tour.

Davison must come through three amateur rounds, beginning with a best-of-seven frames clash against Sydney Wilson in Furth, Germany, tomorrow (Thursday).

Should he do so, he is set to meet up-and-coming talent Kyren Wilson in the first round proper.

Davison enters the event, which is held to remember the Leeds-based three times Masters champion who died of cancer aged just 27, in the highest of spirits having put together a useful run at the Riga Open, in Latvia, earlier in the month.

After coming through the amateur rounds with 4-2 and 4-1 victories over Michael Collumb and Roman Dietzel respectively, Davison then sprang a shock by beating world number 39 Jack Lisowski 4-3.

Davison trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in that match but fought back superbly - with efforts of 48, 34 and 44 - before edging a tense final frame in the colours.

Buoyed by that performance, he then put Gerard Greene to the sword 4-1 before eventually falling to Matthew Selt 4-2 in the last 32.

That set of results immediately put Davison in the box seat for one of eight qualifying positions back on to the main tour.

Should the two-decade veteran maintain his performances throughout the rest of the events, he will re-establish his professional credentials if he finishes as one of the top eight players in the rankings who do not already have a tour card.

 

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