Musselburgh teenager Ross Muir almost notched the best win of his career in the European Tour Championship in Doncaster yesterday, only to lose 4-3 to Thailand’s James Wattana in the last 64. The 17-year-old started the day by beating England’s Chris Wakelin 4-2. The former Musselburgh High School pupil won the opening three frames with breaks of 38, 44 and 67.
Wakelin won the next two frames before Muir took the sixth comfortably to set up a clash with Wattana.
The former World No. 3 from Thailand took the opener, but Muir won the next three to put himself on the brink of victory. However, Wattana won a close fifth frame to close the gap to 3-2. Muir started the sixth with a run of 33, but Wattana cleared with a 66 to the level the match.
Muir had another chance in the decider as he started the frame with a 52, but that was to be his last scoring visit as Wattana made 47 to get back in the frame before potting the colours to the pink to win a place in the last 32 against Shaun Murphy.
Of the other Scots, Stephen Maguire is into the last 16, while John Higgins is in last-32 action today.