MacGillivray hits 143 to sink Scottish champ Vallance

Craig MacGillivray
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Craig MacGillivray made a stunning 143 clearance as he reached the final of the East of Scotland Snooker Championship last night.

The Granton ace beat defending champion Ross Vallance and recovered from losing the first frame, to win four frames on the spin in a 4-1 victory in the semi-final at the Bert Demarco Matchroom at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

Vallance started well with a break of 62 to win the opening frame and looked on course to lead 2-0 before missing frame-ball pink to let MacGillivray in and level at 1-1.

MacGillivray then rolled in a tremendous 143 clearance, the third highest break in the tournament’s history, before winning the fourth frame on the black and the next on the brown for a 4-1 victory.

The win sets the Granton player up for a final showdown next Monday night with either Robert Carlisle or teenager Steven Geddes, who play in the other semi-final tomorrow night.

MacGillivray is also back in action tonight when he faces Glasgow’s Gary Thomson in the final of event 4 of the Scottish Main Tour Series at the Minnesota Fats Snooker Club in Glasgow.

MacGillivray overcame Alloa’s Eden Sharav 3-2 in the semi-finals to set up a showdown with Thomson, with the winner guaranteed to go top in the Scottish rankings.

Corstorphine’s Colin McAlpine enjoyed his finest performance in a Main tour Event to reach the quarter finals before losing out 3-1 to Sharav.