Snooker: Craig MacGillivray’s World Seniors bid

Craig MacGillivray is in Wigan for the tournament
Craig MacGillivray is in Wigan for the tournament
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Granton’s Craig MacGillivray is hoping to build on his recent good form when he bids this weekend to qualify for the final stages of the snooker’s World Seniors championship.

MacGillivray meets England’s Hassan Vaizie tomorrow in the opening round of qualifying at The Robin Park Arena in Wigan.

He said: “It’s a short format being only best of three, so anything can happen. I have played a lot of snooker recently and I am playing well so hopefully I can start well and have a good run. ”

He needs to win four matches to secure a place alongside former World champions Steve Davis, John Parrott, Dennis Taylor, Cliff Thorburn and Joe Johnson when the last 16 televised stage of the Championship takes place in Blackpool in March.

The taxi driver won on home soil last weekend when he defeated Glasgow’s Paul McPhillips in the final of the second Scottish Masters event of the season.

Meanwhile, Musselburgh teenager Ross Muir pulled off an excellent 5-2 victory over world No.55 Jamie Cope to qualify for the last 64 stage of the German Masters in Wigan.

Muir recovered from losing the opening frame, as he pocketed breaks of 66, 84, 81 and 63 to secure victory. He now needs to defeat England’s Martin Gould today for a place in the final stages in Germany in February.

Bonnyrigg’s Michael Leslie and the Locarno Club’s Scott Donaldson both went out. Leslie lost 5-2 to England’s Gary Wilson while Donaldson lost 5-1 to Joe Perry.