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Defeat for defending Keighley champ Risidi
Defending champion Stefan Risidi was sent crashing out of this year’s Keighley Snooker Championship in the quarter-finals, losing 3-2 to rising 18-year-old star Dylan Mitchell.
Risidi joined a long line of previous champions who have failed to retain the title.
Since the event began in 1998, not a single player has ever managed to retain the crown.
Mitchell (pictured), who only just narrowly missed out on a place on the professional tour earlier this year, immediately put Risidi under pressure with a fine 56 break to win the opening frame.
The reigning champion showed he was in no mood to relinquish his title easily and took the next two frames to put himself on the brink of victory.
But Mitchell bravely fought back to force a deciding frame and held his nerve to win it convincingly.
Ernest Hall secured a place in the semi-final with a comfortable 3-1 triumph over Chris Hegarty.
Hall has proved to be the dark horse of this year’s event. Although not scoring any breaks of note, he seems to have the uncanny knack of knocking balls in at vital moments.
He has dropped only one frame during his three victories to date, proving he is a serious contender for the title this year.
Another player serving notice of intent is Arfan Dad, who en-joyed a brilliant 3-0 win over the experienced Garry Duck-worth.
Dad seems to be getting better as the tournament progresses and is the only player who has yet to drop a frame.
Duckworth barely got a look in as Dad scored breaks of 58 and 38, along with potting everything in sight.
The last match of the quarter-finals was between 19-year-old Jack Ashcroft and 2011 champion Martin Chapman.
Ashcroft, still full of confidence after dumping out two-time champion Andy Fowler in the previous round, couldn’t prevent Chapman winning the opening frame.
But he fought back and took the match to a deciding frame before the experienced Chapman held his nerve to claim the last remaining place in this year’s semi-finals.
The semi-finals and final take place at Pilky’s in Keighley on Sunday, October 13.
Quarter-finals: Stefan Risidi 2, Dylan Mitchell 3; Ernest Hall 3, Chris Hegarty 1; Jack Ashcroft 2, Martin Chapman 3; Arfan Dad 3, Gary Duckworth 0. Semi-finals (at Pilky’s Cue Sports Club, Sunday, October 13): Dad v Mitchell, 2pm; Hall v Chapman, 4pm. Final followed by presentation, 7.30pm. Admission free for spectators.
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