Snooker: MacGillivray pots his way to opening final of Scottish Main Tour series

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Craig MacGILLIVRAY maintained his excellent start to the new snooker season as he qualified for the final of Event 1 of the Scottish Main Tour series at the Q Club in Glasgow.

The Granton ace followed up victory at last week’s Masters series event with four straight wins to set up a final meeting with 16-year-old Dylan Craig tonight.

MacGillivray was on the verge of a shock exit in the last 16. After defeating Falkirk’s Barry Campbell, he found himself 41 points behind in a last-frame decider against Glasgow’s William Thomson. The 40-year-old then made an excellent recovery to lay a snooker and then took a free ball before clearing the table to secure a 3-2 victory.

The scare seemed to help MacGillivray find his form. In the quarter-finals, breaks of 62, 50 and 129 helped him to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Glasgow’s George Cunningham, before seeing off Alloa’s Eden Sharav 3-1 to secure his place in the final.

MacGillivray said “I am delighted to be in the final but I did it the hard way. It will be a tough match in the final as Dylan is full time now and has developed into a really good player over the last few years.”

The final takes place tonight at 7.30pm at the Q Club in Glasgow over the best of seven frames.