Ross Muir’s world bid not enough against Bond

Ross Muir. Picture: Gordon Fraser
Ross Muir. Picture: Gordon Fraser
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Musselburgh snooker ace Ross Muir lost out at the second-round stage of qualification for the Dafabet World Championship, succumbing 10-5 to England’s Nigel Bond.

Muir fell behind early as Bond surged 2-0 and then 4-2 ahead before Muir fought back to level at 5-5. However, the former World Championship finalist took control of the match to win five frames on the spin to secure victory.

Locarno Snooker Club’s Scott Donaldson was unable to secure the victory he needed to guarantee a top-64 place in the world ranking next season when he lost out 10-5 to China’s Cao Yupeng, meaning he now faces an anxious wait to see if he has done enough.

Of the other Scots, Rhys Clark (Stonehouse) reached the second round before losing to Matthew Selt. Marcus Campbell lost 10-4 to Malta’s Alex Borg while Anthony McGill suffered a final-frame disappointment losing 10-9 to England’s Jimmy Robertson. Glasgow’s Alan McManus reached the final qualifying round after beating England’s Peter Lines 10-8 to set up a clash with ex-world champion Mark Williams. Former world champion Graeme Dott must beat England’s Kyren Wilson to secure his place at the Crucible, with the competition starting on Saturday.