Davis denied coveted top 16 berth

Mark Davis, who has reached the last 16 of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Mark Davis, who has reached the last 16 of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

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Mark Davis agonisingly missed out on a place in world snooker’s top 16 at the season’s first ‘cut-off point’.

The St Leonards player retained 17th position in the latest ranking list published this week and was just 350 points behind 16th-placed Martin Gould.

As a result, Davis will have to qualify for the UK Championship and German Masters, and is likely to miss out on a spot in the prestigious Masters tournament in January.

It all boiled down to last weekend’s Players Tour Championship event six - the first ever professional snooker tournament to be held in Poland.

Davis survived a huge scare against Welsh amateur Gareth Allen in the first round. Despite compiling a break of exactly 100 in frame three, Davis found himself 3-1 down before reeling off three in a row to scrape through.

But Davis lost by the same score against 43rd-ranked Nigel Bond, the 45-year-old World Championship runner-up in 1995 and reigning Snooker Shoot-Out winner, in round two the same evening.

So despite Gould crashing out in the first round to Liu Chuang, Davis narrowly avoided being among the seeded players in a ranking event for the first time during a 20-year professional career which has peaked in recent times.

Bexhill-based Jimmy Robertson, ranked 57, defeated amateur Shane Castle 4-1 in round one before surrendering a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 against 38th-ranked Michael Holt in round two.

The full articles will appear in tomorrow’s Observers.