Dott side­steps one ba­nana skin but will have to evade an­other

The Herald - Sport - - UPDATE - LUKE BAKER

GRAEME DOTT in­sists his game is com­ing to­gether nicely af­ter sidestep­ping a po­ten­tial ba­nana skin to reach the sec­ond round of the UK Snooker Cham­pi­onship in York.

The Larkhall cue­man drew 1995 World Cham­pi­onship fi­nal­ist Nigel Bond in the first round but proved to be too strong for the vet­eran as he bat­tled to a 6-2 vic­tory.

Dott was not at his free-flow­ing best at the Bar­bican Cen­tre but a 101 break in frame six showed what he is ca­pa­ble of, while a com­posed knock of 65 took him over the line in frame eight.

The re­sults have not al­ways been in­dica­tive of the 38-year-old’s per­for­mances this term al­though his run to the third round of the pre­vi­ous rank­ing event, the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship, was just re­ward.

Dott claims the UK Cham­pi­onship now be­gins in earnest for him as he gears up for round two this week­end.

“Af­ter win­ning the first round, you feel you’re in­volved in the tour­na­ment now,” said Dott, whose best per­for­mance at the UK Cham­pi­onship was a semi-fi­nal ap­pear­ance in 2006.

“I got the job done but it wasn’t a great game – it was scrappy. The ta­ble was a bit heavy and a bit slow, so it didn’t bode well for good scor­ing. To play some­one as ex­pe­ri­enced as Nigel is a tough draw and I’m just pleased to get it out of the way. I’m play­ing a bit bet­ter than my re­sults sug­gest and I feel I’m not far away from play­ing really well.”

Aside from his last-four ap­pear­ance in 2006, Dott’s re­sults at the UK Cham­pi­onships have been largely dis­ap­point­ing – just two quar­ter-fi­nals in his other 17 at­tempts.

One of those did come 12 months ago, how­ever, and he is hop­ing to at least match that re­sult this time around.

Stand­ing in his way next is tal­ented 24-year-old Jack Lisowski, who over­came Zak Surety 6-4 in round one. Lisowski and Dott will square off tomorrow af­ter­noon and the Scot has history on his side, hav­ing tri­umphed on three of the four oc­ca­sions the play­ers have met.

The English­man, ranked 48 in the world, has linked up with for­mer world cham­pion Terry Grif­fiths to work on the men­tal as­pect of his game.

Dott is un­der no il­lu­sions about the size of the task in front of him if he wants to ad­vance this week­end.

“Jack will be a tough game, es­pe­cially as it’s in the back room – it will be hard in there,” said the world No.19. “He’s got so much abil­ity – he’s prob­a­bly got the most abil­ity of the young ones com­ing through.

“I think work­ing with Terry Grif­fiths will help him a lot. But he’s such a good player, so it’s a hard game.” Eurosport is the Home of Snooker, show­ing all ma­jor rank­ing events in­clud­ing the World Cham­pi­onship, UK Cham­pi­onship the Mas­ters and the ex­clu­sive “Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van Show.” Avail­able on Sky, Vir­gin Me­dia & BT TV or on­line/mo­bile via

EYES DOWN: Graeme Dott booked his place in the sec­ond round with a 6-2 vic­tory over Nigel Bond

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