Report: Welsh Open – Ken Doherty suffers second round defeat to Sam Craigie

by James Macken

FORMER world champion Ken Doherty made a second round exit from the Welsh Open after defeat to Sam Craigie.

The Irishman was knocked out of this year’s competition after Craigie came out on top with a final score of 4-1.

Craigie, 25, started the first frame with a break of 37 and finished it with a break of 69 to gain a 1-0 lead early on.

Doherty replied with a solid break of 50 in the second frame, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Craigie who cleared the table and left just the black to secure the frame, 65-57.

Following a foul from the Englishman, Doherty displayed sheer class with a break of 93 and left the table with 112 points as he secured the third frame.

The fourth frame started slowly and saw both players display their safety skills. However, Craigie came out triumphant and was only one away from the victory.

Another display of tactical and safe play saw the fifth and final frame last for over 40 minutes as Craigie sealed the victory. The late efforts from Doherty proved to be not enough for the world number 65.

Craigie advances into the third round of the Welsh Open and will face fellow Englishman Jack Lisowski.

Wales’ Duane Jones beat current Masters champion Judd Trump to progress to a third round tie with Robbie Williams.

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby are also through.