Lam to the slaughter as Burnett dominates
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