John Higgins

Greene and Swail Bow Out As Pistol Progresses

Allen eases to Round Three in Glasgow, as Higgins maximum floors Gerry!!!

Mark Allen will face his third Chinese opponent in as many days tomorrow, having overcome Chen Feilong in tonight’s Scottish Open Second Round clash.

The Antrim cueist, quick out of the blocks this evening, with a break of 126 in the opening frame, eventually ran out a comfortable 4-1 victor, and will face teenager Yuan Sijun on Thursday.

Joe Swail and Gerard Greene didn’t have just as good a Tuesday, however, as both were sent packing after defeats in their respective ties.

Greene was left to rue a missed red that would surely would have clinched the first frame against John Higgins, and must be thinking of what may have transpired had he forged in front early on. Higgins, who broke a rib after a few drinks celebrating Celtic’s League Cup win over Aberdeen on Sunday, looked out of sorts in his opening round encounter with Adam Duffy, and had been quoted in the media as saying he felt obliged to play this week rather than having any great want to compete.

Things looked ominous for the World Number 4 when a break of 67 left Greene needing only the final red to secure the first frame, but an awkward shot rattled the jaws of the pocket and came out, leaving the Scot a handy clear-up.

But if that was slightly fortuitous, what was to follow was simply sublime.

A break of 83 clinched the second frame, and after Greene played a poor safety in the opening salvos of the, third the Wizard of Wishaw took ‘maximum’ advantage. A ninth 147 in competition for Higgins and his first since beating Sam Craigie at the Northen Ireland Open in 2016.