Muir takes heart from tough defeat at Barbican

Ross Muir. Picture: Gordon Fraser

Ross Muir. Picture: Gordon Fraser

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Ross Muir came agonisingly close to pulling off a shock result at the UK Championships in his thrilling first-round match with former World Champion Peter Ebdon.

The 19-year-old from the Capital raced into a 2-0 lead against Ebdon in yesterday’s match at the Barbican in York.The clash ended up going into a deciding frame, where Ebdon’s experience told as he edged out the teenager 6-5. Muir, however, took positives from the experience.

“Peter played well and there weren’t many balls missed in the match,” said Muir. “I’m positive coming out the game and hopefully I’ve got a few long runs in tournaments coming up over the next few months.

“It’s another good experience for me and to push Peter to 6-5 isn’t bad – he’s one of the best players ever.”

Scott Donaldson, who is affiliated with the Locarno club in the city, also exited in the first round, going down 6-4 to “Dumbarton Destroyer” Marcus Campbell, although his defeat was tempered slightly because it was at the hands of a fellow Scot.

“If I’m going to lose to anyone, I would rather it’s to someone from Scotland – it’s good to support them,” he said.

“I didn’t deserve to win out there, it’s as simple as that. The way he played meant Marcus deserved to win and in my opinion I thought it was the right result.”

Bonnyrigg’s Michael Leslie was beaten 6-0 by the in-form Robert Milkins.

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