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Teesside hopefuls fall short in contest; Snooker: PROFESSIONAL SNOOKER.

Byline: JOHN HARTLEY

REDCAR'S Mike Dunn made an initial impact in the World Snooker Star Xing Pai Players Tour Championship event in Sheffield.

Mike entered at round one, against Indian amateur Aditya Mehta, and breaks of 101 and 79 helped Mike to a 4-2 win.

This set him up with a last 64 game against Martin Gould, who performed so admirably in this year's World Championships.

Mike went 2-1 up, but couldn't maintain the momentum, and Gould came away as a 4-2 winner.

Hartlepool 17-year-old Ryan Clark was the only Teesside amateur to take his chance, and he was drawn in the preliminary round against former professional Hugh Abernethy, from Scotland, but now living in Kent.

Clark didn't do anything wrong in the whole match, but came away with a 4-0 defeat, after Abernethy rolled back the years with a vintage performance including breaks of 110, 100 and 51.

The eventual winner was Mark Williams, who defeated Stephen Maguire 4-0 in the final.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 3, 2010
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