Snooker: Craig aims to be cream of the crop

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Edinburgh’s Craig MacGillivray believes he’ll need to be at his best tonight when he cues up against teenager Rhys Clark in the final of Scottish Snooker’s opening Main Tour Event of the season.

MacGillivray, 41, who takes on 19-year-old Clark at The Creamery Club in Falkirk, said “I am expecting a hard match. Rhys is full-time now and has improved a lot in the last couple of years. He has also playing in some of the professional tournaments this season and will have benefitted from the match experience so I am going to have to play well to beat him.”

MacGillivray, who won three Main tour events last season to finish No. 1 in the rankings, came through four rounds last weekend to reach tonight’s final.

After opening with 3-1 victory over Craig Sinclair, MacGillivray battled his fellow former pro David McLellan 3-2 to reach the quarter-finals. He then stepped up a gear making a break of 100 – the only century of the day – in a 3-1 victory over Glasgow’s David Patterson before surviving another deciding frame in a 3-2 victory over Gary Thomson.

MacGillivray added: “It wasn’t my greatest performance but I won some key frames and did just enough to win the matches.

“I am really pleased to make the final of the first event of the season considering I have not practiced as much as I would have liked.”