Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dunn Decides to Stay on Attack in Future

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dunn Decides to Stay on Attack in Future

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Byline: By John Hartley

For over 25 years the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield has been regarded as the home of snooker.

Well now the players have their own Snooker Holiday Camp to go to as well, as Pontins in Prestatyn has been changed into one of the biggest and most impressive snooker qualifying venues ever.

The first to experience it were the lower ranked Main Tour players in the qualifying stages of the LG Cup recently. All players ranked from 33 to 128 where scheduled to be in action.

In the opening round, there was a main tour debut for Michael Rhodes of Coxhoe. He made a great start to his career, as he beat WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson, of Mansfield, 5-1.

Two Leeds players where also in action in this round, with Peter Lines beating Stephen Bennie 5-2, and Craig Butler beat former World Pool champion Chris Melling 5-4.

In the second round, Butler beat Stephen Croft 5-4, but Lines went down 5-3 to Rory McLeod.

Rhodes was also eliminated, going down 5-1 to Bristol's Andrew Norman.

The third round saw the entrance of Redcar player Mike Dunn. He was up against Adrian Rosa, of Cannock. The match went down to the wire, and it was a delightful break of 69 in the last when under pressure that gave Mike a 5-4 victory.

Round four was the final qualifying round and saw Nunthorpe's Jon Birch enter.

Ranked 48 in the world, Jon was playing with a new cue, which he had only had for a couple of days prior to the tournament.

This was always going to be tough against young Welshman Lee Walker, a former quarter-finalist in the World Championships and Birch went down 5-1.

After not qualifying for any final stages in any event last season, Mike was desperate to make up for this, but he faced a tough game against Fergal O'Brien, the 1999 British Open Champion and former World Number 9.

The Irishman lost his first match in six successive tournaments last season and slipped out of the top 32. …

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