Davis beaten by Selby in quarters

Mark Davis's progress in the Australian Goldfields Open was halted by Mark Selby. Picture courtesy World Snooker
Mark Davis's progress in the Australian Goldfields Open was halted by Mark Selby. Picture courtesy World Snooker

Mark Davis was beaten by world number two Mark Selby in the Australian Goldfields Open quarter-finals this morning (Friday).

St Leonards-based Davis recovered from 3-0 down to draw level at 3-3 only for UK and Masters champion Selby to win the subsequent two frames for a 5-3 victory in Bendigo, Victoria.

Selby took the opener 68-44 with a top break of just 25 and a run of 60 gave him the second 69-37 after 16th-ranked Davis had been 28 points in front. Selby then rattled through the third 75-0 after an opening 48.

But back came Davis, winning the fourth 74-20 helped by 48, the fifth 77-31 with the aid of a 47 and the sixth 81-44 thanks to a closing 66 after Selby had gone in front. Selby won the seventh 61-0, however, with a 43 and sealed victory by bagging the eighth 79-36 following an initial 65.

It means Davis, who scraped past Paul Davison 5-4 in round one on Wednesday before overcoming Alfie Burden 5-3 in round two yesterday, misses out on a second successive semi-final in the Australian Goldfields Open.

Davis told worldsnooker.com: “I just missed a couple of tricky balls and I was 3-0 down. I got back to 3-3, but then he kept me quiet for the last two frames and that’s what the top players do. I feel as if I’m not playing as well as I can, but I keep battling and that has won me a few matches. I hope we’ll be back next year because the crowds and the conditions have been great.”