Lee ex­cels in tour matches

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

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

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