10.9.07

WHITE MARCHES ON

Jimmy White moved a step closer to clinching a place in the final stages of the Saga Insurance Masters after beating Jamie Burnett 5-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the qualifying event in Sheffield today.

White, the Masters champion in 1984, finished off with a break of 113 in the deciding frame.

The 45 year-old Londoner has been an ever present in the final stages at Wembley since 1982 but, with only the world’s top 16 seeded through, is unlikely to receive a discretionary wildcard this year having slipped to 78th in the provisional rankings.

However, White will still be among the 18-man field in January if he wins the qualifying tournament.

He trailed 2-1 but compiled breaks of 68 and 114 to edge 3-2 ahead before Glaswegian Burnett, who knocked White out of last season’s World Championship qualifiers, drew level with a run of 61.

They shared the next two frames before White’s second century of the match put him three wins away from securing his Wembley place.

2 comments:

SMR said...

Hi Dave

Any idea why Matthew Stevens failed to show up for his match against Jimmy?

Thanks.

Dave H said...

No, other than that he failed to ring ahead and say he was pulling out