MacGillivray has East snooker title in his sights

Granton-based snooker player Craig MacGillivray

Granton-based snooker player Craig MacGillivray

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Granton snooker player Craig MacGillivray hopes to move a step closer to his first ever East of Scotland title on Monday night.

He faces defending champion Ross Vallance in the semi-final at the Bert Demarco Matchroom at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

MacGillivray, now 41, is the top ranked player in the Scottish Masters Series and has won countless Scottish titles, but the prestigious East of Scotland title is one tournament he has not been able to win.

He said “This tournament means a lot to me. It was the first tournament I ever played in when I was 12 but for some reason I have not been able to win the title. It’s strange, as I love playing at the Matchroom. The conditions are fantastic and it’s not often you get to play in a single table situation with a referee, but so far I just have just been unable to win it.

“It should be a good match. I have a good record against Ross but he has a tremendous record in this tournament and he will fancy his chances of winning another title. Hopefully, though, I can take one step closer and set myself up for a shot at the title.”

The match starts at 7:30pm and is best of seven frames.