MacGillivray looks to pot another Masters Tour win

Craig MacGillivray. Pic: Neil Hanna
Craig MacGillivray. Pic: Neil Hanna
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Granton’s Craig MacGillivray hopes to continue his domination of Scottish Snooker’s Masters Series tomorrow night when he cues up against Glasgow’s David McLellan in the final of Event 2 at the Q Club in Glasgow.

The former professional, 41, needed a last-frame decider to defeat Falkirk’s Barry Campbell 3-2 in the last 16 before whitewashing Danny Maxwell 4-0 in the quarter-finals and defeating Paul Jamieson (Dumfries) 4-1 to reach the final. MacGillivray won four of the six events last season in his first season on the Masters Tour and won the opening event this season, however, he admitted that it is becoming harder to keep his great run going.

He said: “The Masters Tour is becoming really strong and it is getting harder all the time. There are a few former professionals back playing in the events and a few others capable of winning a tournament, so I am having to play well.”

Meanwhile, Corstorphine’s Ross Vallance continues his defence of the East of Scotland Snooker Championship tonight when the event resumes at the Bert Demarco Matchroom at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Vallance plays Carlo Coxon in the first of the last-16 stage matches and is on course for a semi-final clash with MacGillivray if both players can avoid any upsets in the next two rounds. In the bottom half of the draw, Keith Chalmers, who lost in the final to Vallance last season, came from 2-0 down to defeat Lee Mein 3-2 to set-up a clash with former Scottish champion Paul Cairns. Robert Carlisle continued his recent good form to reach the last 16 after whitewashing former East of Scotland champion Eden Sharav (Alloa).