THE 2014 Snooker Shoot Out got off to a dramatic start last night as two of the world’s top stars suffered early exits.
World number two Mark Selby and world number five Stephen Maguire were the biggest casualties on a thrilling night of quick-fire snooker at Blackpool’s Circus Arena.
Selby lost out to China’s Cao Yupeng in the ten-minute, fast paced one frame competition and Maguire lost to Liam Highfield.
Defending champion Martin Gould also crashed out losing to Zhang Anda in a 40-14 defeat.
The night, to the delight of a packed crowd, some several thrilling matches which went down to the wire in the final seconds.
David Gilbert clinched a dramatic 41-40 win over Scotland’s Anthony McGill by potting the black in the very final seconds of the match of the night.
Dave Harold was to reflect on what could have been after he ran out of time to clinch victory. His pot on the blue was deemed out of the time meaning he lost by a single point to Jamie Cope 53-52.
And Luca Brecel thought he made it through when he potted the final colours in the final moment only to see the pink rattle the jaws of the pocket and lead to win a for a relieved Ben Woollaston.
The highest break of the tournament so far was made by Alfie Burden whose run of 96 helped him to a convincing win against Paul Davison.
Michael White also impressed with a 93 break in his win over Barry Pinches.
The action resumes later today (12pm).
First Round Results so far:
Zhang ANDA 40-14 Martin GOULD
Cao YUPENG 65-1 Mark SELBY
Ali CARTER 52-31 Anthony HAMILTON
Barry HAWKINS 56-24 Rod LAWLER
Ben WOOLLASTON 67-50 Luca BRECEL
Mark KING 82-0 Mark JOYCE
Nigel BOND 62-47 Jamie JONES
Dominic DALE 82-1 Fergal O’BRIEN
Liam HIGHFIELD 72-15 Stephen MAGUIRE
Alfie BURDERN 103-4 Paul DAVISON
Jamie COPE 53-52 Dave HAROLD
Robbie WILLIAMS 48-29 Jack LISOWSKI
Tom FORD 34-29 Mike DUNN
David GILBERT 41-40 Anthony McGILL
Michael WHITE 93-1 Barry PINCHES
Jimmy ROBERTSON 51-32 Jimmy WHITE