Michael Leslie bundles out of Australian Open

Michael Leslie started slowly against Martin Gould and never recovered. Pic: Neil Hanna

Michael Leslie started slowly against Martin Gould and never recovered. Pic: Neil Hanna

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Bonnyrigg’s snooker professional Michael Leslie missed out on qualification for the final stages of the Australian Open after losing 5-1 to England’s Martin Gould.

Leslie never recovered from losing the opening three frames as Gould made breaks of 54 and 94, and although he won the fourth frame to reduce the deficit, Gould made breaks of breaks of 59 and 54 to pocket victory.

Meanwhile, at the European Championships in Prague, 
Edinburgh’s Robert Carlisle is on target to win his group despite losing his 100 per cent record.

Carlisle followed up his 
opening victory with a 4-2 win over Israel’s Maor Shalom and a 4-0 whitewash of Marios Kleitou (Cyprus). However, after making a century break to lead Belgium’s Jurian Heudens 3-0, he lost the next four frames to slip to a 4-3 defeat.

Lee Mein still has work to do to qualify having won two 
of his four matches. Mein 
lost his second successive match when he went down 4-2 to Finland’s Janne 
Hummastenniemi, but he got back on track with a 4-2 win over Holland’s Rene Dikstra.