Bonnyrigg snooker player Michael Leslie was facing a difficult start to his second season as a professional today when facing world No. 7 Mark Allen of Northern Ireland at the qualifying stages of the Wuxi Classic at The Capital Venue in Gloucester.
His draw against a top-ten player is a result of World Snooker’s decision to change the format for most of the events meaning that all players start at the first round.
Leslie said: “It will make for an interesting season with the new format. I am not looking at the match any different than I would had I drawn someone further down the rankings.
“Last year was a great learning curve and I have been working hard at my game.”
One player who is already benefitting from the new format is Edinburgh Locarno snooker Club’s Scott Donaldson. The 18-year-old from Perth enjoyed one of the best victories of his career yesterday as he stunned world ranked No. 24 Tom Ford to secure a place in the last 64 of the Wuxi Classic in China next month against Gareth Green. Donaldson started well winning the opening three frames and making a break of 70 in the second. Ford then won a close fourth frame but didn’t pot a ball in the next frame as Donaldson increased his lead to 4-1 and won the sixth frame for a tremendous 5-1 victory.
However, there was disappointment for Pro Tour debutant Ross Muir (Musselburgh) who lost 5-1 to two-times World Champion Mark Williams in his first match as a professional.
Meanwhile, Granton’s Craig MacGillivray will be hoping for success at the European Snooker Championship Masters in Poland which starts today. Rhys Clark (Stonehouse) and Michael Collumb (Motherwell) take part in the Mens Event.