Snooker: Michael Wasley climbs up the rankings
Michael Wasley climbed to 45th in the European Order of Merit after reaching the last 32 of the Paul Hunter Classic, before losing to Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon.
The Gloucester man had beaten Ryan Clark and Scott Donaldson, both by 4-3, to set up the clash with the Thailand player.
Wasley looked good to take the opening frame with a break of 48 but Tirapongpaiboon responded with breaks of 24 and 64 to take a 1-0 lead.
A break of 57 from Wasley helped him level the match.
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The man from Thailand then won two scrappy frames to move to within one frame of victory at 3-1.
Wasley kept himself in the match with a 78 in frame five but he could not complete the fight back as a 39 was the final nail in the coffin in the next frame.
Meanwhile, Jack Liswoski lost his third straight first round match as he lost, in a deciding frame to Gerrard Greene.
The match stared horribly for the Churchdown man as he fell 3-0 behind after breaks of 44, 73 and 38 from the Northern Irishman.
However, Lisowski fought back and levelled at 3-3 with runs of 85 and 35. Yet it was in vain as the 39 year-old took a very scrappy decider to progress.
Greene eventually progressed to the final, where he was beaten 4-0 by reigning world champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan.