139 break, but Michael Leslie loses

Michael Leslie. Picture: Neil Hanna

Michael Leslie. Picture: Neil Hanna

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Bonnyrigg’s Michael Leslie made the highest break of the UK Snooker Championship so far with a superb 139 clearance. However, he was unable to upset Chinese ace Liang Wenbo as he lost 6-3 in the last 64 at The Barbican in York.

After his terrific comeback from 4-0 against England’s world No. 39 Jack Lisowski to qualify, Leslie fell behind again losing the opening two frames to the Chinese ace. However, Leslie showed great battling qualities winning the third before his century clearance levelled the match at 2-2. The 20-year-old Scot then got in front after winning the fifth, however Wenbo won four frames on the spin including breaks of 77 and 71 to secure his place in the last 32 against Glasgow’s Stephen Maguire, who came from 5-2 down to beat Luca Brecel 6-5.

Locarno Snooker Club’s Scott Donaldson produced what he described as the “best win of his career so far” as he defeated England’s world No. 13 Mark Davis 6-5 to reach the last 32.