x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Hicks ends White's chances

Andy Hicks puts an end to Jimmy White's World Championship hopes with a hard-earned 10-8 victory at Sheffield's English Institute for sport.

Andy Hicks, a semi-finalist in 1995, put an end to Jimmy White's World Championship hopes with a hard-earned 10-8 victory at Sheffield's English Institute for sport. The Tavistock Cueman was never behind in a high-quality match, which saw White make breaks of 124 and 120 and Hicks adding to the century tally with a 135 clearance. Hicks will play Rory McLeod next. White, six times runner-up in the championship, missed out on the Crucible stages for the second successive year having recovered from 2-5 and 4-7 deficits to defeat Vince Mulldoon 10-8 in the previous round.

Another golden oldie, Tony Knowles, 53, followed White when he was beaten 10-4 by Irishman Rodney Goggins. Scunthorpe professional Matthew Couch defeated Bristol's Andrew Norman 10-4, to set up a clash with 1991 World Champion John Parrott. Liu Song, who needed to beat Supoj Saenla to retain his place on the main tour, showed great character to win 10-9. jdee@thenational.ae