Robertson pipped in deciding frame

Jimmy Robertson. Picture courtesy World Snooker
Jimmy Robertson. Picture courtesy World Snooker

Jimmy Robertson’s progress in the Wuxi Classic snooker tournament was halted this afternoon (Wednesday).

The Bexhill potter, who whitewashed former world champion Graeme Dott 5-0 in round one yesterday, was edged out 5-4 by Scott Donaldson in a topsy-turvy second round match where he trailed 3-1 and led 4-3.

Donaldson knocked in a break of 61 to take the opening frame 74-30 and he also clinched the second 77-60 despite a 43 from Robertson. A 47 helped Robertson win the third 69-25 and he scored the first 37 points of the fourth only for Donaldson to take it 83-37 aided by a 50.

World number 51 Robertson reeled off three in a row after the interval to go in front for the first time. He clinched the fifth 68-31 with a best effort of 34, a 57 gave him the sixth 87-22 and he then bagged the seventh 86-8 with a top run of 35.

The in-form Donaldson, from Scotland, compiled a 67 to capture the eighth 84-0 before coming through a lengthy decider 69-21 thanks largely to a 36. It was the second time in three weeks that Donaldson has pipped Robertson 5-4 having achieved an identical result in the Australian Open Qualifiers.