Davis wins snooker battle with Dale

IRISH EYES: Fergal O'Brien from Ireland in his first-round victory. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

IRISH EYES: Fergal O'Brien from Ireland in his first-round victory. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

MARK Davis advanced to round two following Tuesday's win against Dominic Dale at the $500,000 Australian Snooker Goldfields Open in Bendigo.

After a 73-6 loss in the opening frame, Davis struck back to gain a 4-1 lead in the best-of-nine frame match at Bendigo Stadium on Marong Road.

Frame four included a tournament-high break of 139 by Davis to win 139-0.

He won the next 54-13, before Dale struck back with a century break of his own in the sixth, which he won 109-20.

Dale's run rolled in the next, 69-9.

The eighth frame ended in an 88-24 victory for Davis.

In this afternoon's play, Matthew Stevens has raced to a 2-0 lead against Ireland's Fergal O'Brien.

Liam Highfield won the opening frame against Xiao Guodong. 

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