Ross Muir falls just short in German Masters bid

Ross Muir lost out 5-3 to England's Mark Joyce

Ross Muir lost out 5-3 to England's Mark Joyce

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Musselburgh snooker player Ross Muir narrowly missed out on a place in the final stages of the German Masters during qualifying at the Robin Park Sports Arena in Wigan.

Muir made two breaks of 71 in an impressive opening round victory over world No. 23 Mark Davis.

Muir led 4-1 but Davis fought back to force a decider before Muir held his nerve to win the last for a 5-4 victory.

However, Muir was unable to advance further, losing out 5-3 to England’s Mark Joyce.

After the first six frames were shared, Joyce won what proved to be a pivotal seventh frame on the black before making a break of 88 to qualify for the final stages in Berlin in February.

Scott Donaldson led 2-0 in his opening-round match with Welshman Ryan Day but didn’t win another frame as Day made runs of 98, 56, 59, 56 and 80 to pocket a 5-2 victory.

Meanwhile, Granton-based amateur player Craig MacGillivray is in action today at the World Seniors Championship Qualifiers where he faces Barry Stark in the opening round.