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Price bows out; SNOOKER.

MICK PRICE saw hopes of a flying start to the new snooker season evaporate at the British Open in Plymouth last night.

The Stockingford pro edged Dennis Taylor 5-4 in round two of the pounds 400,000 world ranking tournament on Thursday but could not get the better of Scotland's Jamie Burnett with a place in the televised last 32 at stake

Two years ago, Burnett beat Price 9-6 at the corresponding stage of the UK Championship; this time the former UK champion and stable mate of Stephen Hendrie ran out a comfortable 5-2 winner

Even so, Price refused to be upset by the result, saying: ''I can`t be all that disappointed because in many ways I played better than I did against Dennis. I certainly enjoyed the match a lot more but Jamie is a class act.

Burnett led 2-0 before Price showed that a come back was possible by producing a well executed break of 108 in the third frame.

He totalled only eight points in the next two, though, as Burnett smoothly forged 4-1 ahead thanks to confident runs of 62, 69, and 66.

WorldNo 57 Price kept the contest alive by winning frame six but a full scale recovery was beyond him.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 11, 1999
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