Snooker stars chalk up victories in Sofia

Four of Scotland’s cue stars remained on course to win a coveted place on World Snooker’s Main Tour by all reaching the last 16 stage of the European Under 21 Snooker Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bonnyrigg’s Michael Leslie, 18, made a century on his way to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Alexander Ursenbacher (Switzerland). Breaks of 55 and 49 in the opening two frames helped Leslie take control of the match. Although he lost the next, a tremendous 107 break helped the young Scot regain his two-frame lead before winning the fifth frame to set up a clash with Poland’s Grzegorz Biernadski.

Alloa’s Eden Sharav is still to lose a frame after a 4-0 whitewash of Lukas Kleckers (Germany) with breaks of 105, 54 and 86 and now meets Andreas Ploner (Austria).

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In the top half of the draw, Perth’s Scott Donaldson, 17, ran out a 4-1 winner over Artem Smagin (Belarus), however a much harder tie awaits against highly rated Michał Zielinski (Poland) in the next round. Musselburgh’s Ross Muir defeated local favourite Dimitar Mehandzhiyski 4-0 with breaks of 56, 73 and 78. His win ensured that there remains a possibility of an all Scottish semi-final and will now play 14-year-old rising star, Shane Castle of England.