Snooker: Muir falls short in brave bid

Musselburgh's Ross Muir fell at the last hurdle in his bid to win his second successive Snooker Star of the Future event at Prestatyn in Wales.

In an all-Scottish final, Muir, only 15 and appearing in the 15-20 age group, went down 4-0 to 18-year-old Eden Sharav of Alloa.

Muir, who won the 2008 Junior Pot Black at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield, overcame England's Tom Kerslake 3-1 in the semi-final while Sharav was taken all the way before beating Mitchell Mann 3-2 in his semi-final. However, Muir just did not have enough to cope with the older and more experienced Sharav in the final.

In an excellent week for the young Scottish players, Perth's Ethan Laing took home the best newcomer award while Jamie Toal of Bellshill reached the last four of the under-15 event before losing out to England's Brandon Sargent.

However, Sharav stole the limelight and will now be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Glasgow's Anthony McGill, who won the event last year before joining the professional circuit.