Lam to the slaugh­ter as Bur­nett dom­i­nates

The Herald - Sport - - TENNIS, SNOOKER - NEIL GOULD­ING

GLASWEIGAN Jamie Bur­nett se­cured his safe pas­sage through to the sec­ond round of snooker’s il­lus­tri­ous Bet­way UK Cham­pi­onship with a deadly dis­play.

The 40-year-old, from Hamil­ton, was in fine form as he con­structed six half­cen­tury breaks in beat­ing English­man San­der­son Lam 6-1 at York’s Bar­bican Cen­tre.

But de­spite the dom­i­nant score­line against the first-year pro­fes­sional, Bur­nett be­lieves there are no longer any easy games as the sport con­tin­ues to grow.

“The young lads at the start of their ca­reer there’s no fear in them at all,” said Bur­nett. “There’s no fear fac­tor at all, you can’t really bully play­ers the way you maybe used to be able to, the way some of the top play­ers do. They go for ev­ery­thing and it doesn’t mat­ter who they’re play­ing.”

Af­ter tak­ing a scrappy opener the Scot set­tled into his stride, with breaks of 94 and 66 open­ing up a three-frame cush­ion. But de­spite Bur­nett making a 51 in the fourth, Lam just edged it to re­duce the deficit head­ing into the mid­ses­sion in­ter­val.

It was the only frame that the firstyear pro­fes­sional won, as Bur­nett came fly­ing out of the blocks af­ter the break, notch­ing 67 and 68 be­fore sign­ing off in style with a su­perb cen­tury break of 111.

He faces the win­ner of the all-Scot­tish show­down be­tween vet­eran Alan McManus and rookie Eden Sharav.

“I played Eden at the start of the sea­son and I won that one, he strug­gled a bit against me,” Bur­nett added. “I haven’t played Alan in a while. It will be a tough match who­ever I play.”

Glas­gow pot­ter Fraser Pa­trick fell at the first hur­dle, los­ing 6-4 to English­man Michael Holt, while Bon­nyrigg’s Michael Les­lie also had a mis­er­able morn­ing as he was on the re­ceiv­ing end of a 6-0 white­wash at the hands of North­ern Ir­ish­man Ger­ard Greene.

Ed­in­burgh’s Ross Muir made the sec­ond round of a rank­ing event for the first time with a gutsy 6-5 vic­tory over for­mer top 16 star Mark King. He faces Ben Wool­las­ton or Steven Hall­worth in the sec­ond round.

BUR­NETT: The Scot was dom­i­nant

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