Middlesbrough Herald & Post

Lee excels in tour matches


IN the second IPA pool tour of the year Lee Wray was excellent in two competitio­ns.

First, playing in the profession­al comp with 63 other, he defeated Nathan Bridges 8-5 then in the last 32 defeated Kev Barton 8-4 to book a place in the last 16.

He was up against world champion Craig Marsh who was massive favourite to win but Lee didn’t see it that way and was very close to upsetting the form book.

Lee battled all the way and took the world champion to a deciding frame with the match at 7-7, but it was Marsh who just won the frame to defeat Lee 7-6 in a thrilling match.

This put Lee to ranked 11th after two competitio­ns.

In the open event Lee kept his brilliant form intact and shocked quite a few players, defeating Mark Leiper, then had a brilliant 7-0 win over England internatio­nal Dave McNamara.

Lee then took another massive scalp defeating one of the best players in the country, Ronan McCarthy, 7-6.

In the last 16 he defeated Jimmy Croxton 7-5 and in the quarter finals was very impressive hammering Rob Donkin 7-2.

Lee was looking good for the final and the title but he had another top player in the semi finals, Mark Boyle.

He started well and was leading 3-1 but Boyle hit back to win the next six frames to run out a 7-3 winner.

This was a massive achievemen­t for Lee Wray in his second year on the tour. Ryan Clark who won the open of tour one lost in the first round to Cole Bedford 7-6, But in the English amateur event Ryan won through to the semifinals losing to Phil Parkin 7-5.

Ryan is ranked number 2 in the amateur rankings behind Mark Boyle. Craig Brown is in the tour for the first time he defeated England internatio­nal Simon Doyle 7-5 in the first round but then lost in a very close match 7-6 to San Jay Craig is ranked number 12.

 ??  ?? Lee Wray is pictured on the right with fellow pool star Stephen Woodier
Lee Wray is pictured on the right with fellow pool star Stephen Woodier

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