Sheffield’s Adam Duffy loses China Open qualifier

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ECKINGTON-based cueman Adam Duffy has failed to qualify for this season’s China Open.

The Sheffield cueman, who won the Paul Hunter Scholarship in 2009, was knocked out at the second qualifying stage yesterday by Paul Davison.

Breaks of 50, 54 and 75 helped Duffy clinch two of the opening three frames at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. But Davison, who defeated Joel Walker on Wednesday, fought back to seal a 5-3 victory to set up a clash with Anthony Hamilton.

It was two years ago Duffy, an avid Sheffield Wednesday supporter, earned a place on the professional circuit when he came through Q School. He is ranked 62 in the world.

Duffy dreams of competing at the 2013 World Championships which are held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

“Qualifying for the worlds would like the Owls getting to Wembley,” he has said. “I asked Judd Trump, a good friend of mine, what it’s like to play there and he described it as unbelievable which makes me want it more.”

Duffy narrowly failed to become the first Sheffield player to appear at the Crucible in 2012. Jamie Burnett beat the 23-year-old, who practices eight hours a day at Hustler’s Sports Bar in Eckington, 10-7 at the fourth qualifying stage.