Michael Leslie defeats Wattana to book China place

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Bonnyrigg snooker professional Michael Leslie produced a fine performance to qualify for the last-64 stage of the Haikou World Open after defeating Thailand’s James Wattana at the Metrodome in Barnsley.

After the first two frames were shared, Leslie won the third with a break of 57 before winning the next to lead 3-1 at the interval. Wattana, a former world No.3 and twice world championship semi-finalist, pulled one back. However, Leslie won the sixth frame comfortably before a superb run of 82 secured a 5-2 victory and a return to China in March.

Leslie was delighted to make it through, particularly after a disappointing show against world No. 8 Shaun Murphy just two days earlier. Leslie said: “I just didn’t feel good in the match against Shaun. However, I didn’t let my performance get to me and I came into this match focused, knowing that these type of matches are the ones I have been winning this season and that I had the game to win.

“I was really focused and I was really pleased with the performance.

“It was really important for me to finish off the year with a victory and this gives me a big event to look forward to.” in the new year. I don’t have a tournament now until February so I will have a break now and I have a new cue I will be using when I start again after Christmas so plenty to look forward to.”

Locarno snooker club’s Scott Donaldson will join Leslie in the Chinese city of Hainan after a 5-3 win over England’s Jack Lisowski, making a decisive break of 51 in the eighth frame to secure his victory.

However, Musselburgh 18-year-old Ross Muir is out after losing 5-0 to England’s Alfie Burden.

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