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Byline: LEE WEST

GLASGOW'S Drew Henry was last night hanging on for dear life in his Powerhouse UK Championship semi-final with Irish ace Ken Doherty.

The giant-killing Scot staged a brave fightback from 6-2 down to claim three of the next four frames, but he lost the 13th to leave Doherty needing just one for a place in the final.

Henry, bidding to reach his first-ever ranking tournament final, stared defeat in the face after losing a scrappy frame 59-42.

Scotland's World No.22 Henry had already sent Jimmy White, Stephen Lee and Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan packing en route to the last four, but it looked as though his exploits had finally caught up with him as Doherty chalked up a commanding early lead.

However, Henry showed his grit to claw back the deficit to just two frames, making his biggest break of the match at 93.

Meanwhile, world champ Pete Ebdon hopes his year as champion will be remembered for all the good things again in snooker.

During his spell on top, the game has been driven apart by rows, court room cases, rival camp rifts and bids to remove the board.

All light years away from a heady night in May when he beat seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry to lift the title.

Ebdon is aiming to become only the fifth player in history to hold both the UK and world titles in the same year when he goes against Welshman Mark Williams in the other semi today in York.

He said: "That would be the icing on the cake, something I've worked hard to try and achieve."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2002
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