Craig MacGillivray misses out on Seniors final stages

Craig MacGillivray

Craig MacGillivray

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Capital cueman Craig MacGillivray narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final stages of the World Seniors championship at The Robin Park Arena in Wigan.

He lost2-1 to fellow Scot Paul McPhillips (Glasgow) in the final qualifying round.

MacGillivray did not drop a frame as he won his opening three matches. He made a break of 71 in a 2-0 victory over England’s Hassan Vaizie before making a run of 55 in a comfortable victory over Ireland’s Patsy Fagan. He then made 67 in another 2-0 win over England’s Karl Townsend to reach the final qualifying round. MacGillivray won the first frame against McPhillips comfortably but lost the next two frames to miss out on qualification.

MacGillivray said: “It’s going to take me a little while to get over that. I played really well to win my first three matches and I just didn’t manage to finish off the match against Paul.

“He did well to come back from being behind, and I wish him all the best in the next round.”

McPhillips will now play former world champion Joe Johnson at the last 16 stage be held in Blackpool in March.

Meanwhile, Musselburgh’s Ross Muir lost 5-1 at the last 64 stage to England’s Martin Gould in the German Masters after sharing the opening two frames. Gould won four on the spin making runs of 73 and 64 to book his place for the final stages which take place in Berlin in February.