Duo make it to last 16 in Germany

Jimmy Robertson knocked out Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu en route to the last 16 of the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany
Jimmy Robertson knocked out Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu en route to the last 16 of the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany
  • Robertson and Davis reach last 16 of Paul Hunter Classic
  • Robertson knocks out top 16 stars Maguire and Fu
  • Robertson bows out to eventual champion Carter
  • Davis’s victims include McManus
  • Davis beaten 4-3 from 3-0 up by Carrington

The area’s two snooker professionals reached the last 16 at the latest World Snooker tournament in Germany

Jimmy Robertson defeated two of the game’s top 16 players to get within a game of the quarter-finals of European Tour event two, the Paul Hunter Classic, and Mark Davis also made it to the same stage.

World number 45 Robertson, from Bexhill, whitewashed 40th-ranked Northern Irish player Gerard Greene 4-0 in the opening round on Saturday morning helped by breaks of 77 and 54.

He then pipped world number 15 Maguire 4-3 in a terrific second round contest the same afternoon. Two breaks of 59 helped put Robertson 2-0 up only for Scottish player Maguire to reel off the next three.

Robertson won frame six 104-0, however, with a closing break of 72 and then came from 60 points behind to edge a dramatic decider 69-61 with a top break of 43.

Robertson overcame 13th-ranked Fu 4-2 in round three on Saturday evening to avenge his defeat against the Hong Kong potter at the World Championship back in April.

He again took a 2-0 lead after winning two tight frames, and although Fu levelled at 2-2, Robertson clinched the next two, coming from 59 points behind to seal victory in frame six.

Robertson’s run was ended by a 4-2 loss against 25th-ranked Ali Carter in the last 16 on Sunday morning. Carter swiftly opened up a 3-0 lead helped by breaks of 86 and 112, but Robertson pulled one back with a 67 and then took frame five on the black before eventual champion Carter won it in frame six.

World number 19 Davis, from St Leonards, scraped past 114th-ranked Paul Davison 4-3 in round one. Davis led 2-0 and 3-2, but eventually needed a 47 break - his highest of the match - to edge the deciding frame 62-52.

He then saw off world number 26 Alan McManus 4-2 in round two. McManus won the opening frame, but Davis reeled off the next three helped by breaks of 45 and 84. A 52 wasn’t enough to Davis to seal victory in frame five, but he did get over the line in the next aided by a 45.

Davis outgunned 39th-ranked David Gilbert by the same score in round three. He quickly opened up a 3-0 lead with breaks of 51 and 47, and although Gilbert took the next two frames, Davis finished things off in the sixth.

The 43-year-old looked to be on his way to the quarter-finals when he established a 3-0 lead against Stuart Carrington with top breaks of 55 and 41. World number 59 Carrington produced a remarkable turnaround, though, to win the next four frames for a 4-3 victory aided by runs of 67, 62 and 45.

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