Snooker: City pro Michael Leslie aims for Shanghai

Michael Leslie. Picture: Neil Hanna
Michael Leslie. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Bonnyrigg snooker professional Michael Leslie hopes to build upon a positive start to the season when he plays Welshman Duane Jones in the opening round of the Shanghai Masters Qualifying in Doncaster later today.

Leslie, 20, in the second year of a two-year pro tour card, admits his experience so far has helped improve his game and position himself for a good season. Leslie said “I am pleased with how the start of the new season has gone. Last year was tough as whilst I was competing, I was well into the season before I won my first match. This year, I have won a few matches already and that has helped give me confidence that I can win at this level. Even in the matches I have lost, I have played well and my opponents have had to play good snooker to beat me.”

Musselburgh’s Ross Muir is also in action against Thailand’s Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon whilst Locarno Snooker Club’s Scott Donaldson plays Andrew Norman.

Meanwhile, East of Scotland champion Ross Vallance was unable to inspire Scotland to victory at the Home Internationals in Leeds, with Wales winning the title. The team, which also featured Edinburgh’s Robert Carlisle and Lee Mein, defeated Northern Ireland and drew with Wales B but lost to Republic of Ireland, Guernsey, England and Wales A.

Corstorphine’s Colin McAlpine performed well for Scotland B in the Masters event, however, winners England proved too strong.