Snooker: Duffy thrilled over epic UK victory

Sheffield snooker player Adam Duffy.
Sheffield snooker player Adam Duffy.
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Adam Duffy is resting up ahead of a potential clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan after winning an epic encounter against Barry Pinches at the UK Championship.

The Sheffield potter produced a spirited comeback from 5-3 down in the opening round at York’s Barbican Centre, winning 6-5 in a match that lasted almost seven hours.

The 24-year-old was pleased to see his preparation for the tournament pay off on the big occasion, when the nerves threatened to get the better of both players.

And provided O’Sullivan beats amateur Rhys Clark tomorrow, Duffy will have the opportunity to topple the Rocket in the second round.

“He is just coming off a title win,” said Duffy. “I practiced with Ronnie a couple of weeks ago in London – he is a class player.

“Obviously I would love him to win and I would love to play him out there.

“It’s very exciting. I’m playing well so I’m confident going into it. Hopefully it can stand me in good stead if I play the Rocket.

“I’m just delighted. I know I have worked my backside off, practice-wise – no-one will have worked harder in these last two weeks. To get a result like that against Barry is just awesome.

“There were so many twists and turns in that last frame – I felt ill. It was just horrible to play in. I’m absolutely knackered.”

Earlier in the day Dechawat Poomjaeng broke his UK Championship duck, also pulling off a comeback to set up a clash with world No.4 Judd Trump.

Poomjaeng, who has fallen in the first round of the competition for the last two years, found himself 5-1 down to fellow Thai Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

Poomjaeng, who is based in Sheffield, credited the turnaround with a decision to play with added freedom.

“I am very glad,” he said. “For the last two years I have lost in the first round of the UK Championships. It is very good to get that win.

“I was playing really badly. He had some good luck and I had a little bit of bad luck. He was a good player but he couldn’t finish it off. He gave me a chance and I took it.

“It is hard to talk about beating the top 16 because they play to a high standard but if I concentrate and I play good, yeah maybe.”

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