Thursday 28 July

Amateur Ellis Qualifies for Last 32

Nathan Ellis became the first amateur to make it through to the last 32 of this year’s Ultimate Pool Masters after he won Group D of the competition on Monday night.

Challenger Series player Ellis defeated Darren McCarthy 8-5 in the evening’s opening tie. Ellis established a 3-0 lead before McCarthy got a foothold in the match by levelling at 4-4 and 5-5. However, Ellis finished the match strong, claiming the final three frames to progress.

Next up, Conor Treacy produced a brilliant display to eliminate Ultimate Pool professional Greg Batten 8-2 – the first time in this year’s event an amateur had defeated a professional.

Batten struggled to make a ball off his break, registering just one successful attempt in five. A very efficient Treacy capitalised, scoring four reverse clearances – and two break clearances – during an impressive win.

Treacy didn’t have long to recharge as he came back for the group final, and he quickly found himself 3-0 down to Ellis before stringing together three frames of his own to make it 3-3.

Ellis reclaimed the lead with frame seven, but it looked like Treacy was taking control as he went on another three frame spurt for a 6-4 lead.

Momentum would swing again, though. Ellis crafted beautiful back-to-back reverse and break clearances to square up at 6-6 and then secured frame 13 to move onto the hill, although Treacy forced a decider – the third group final to go all the way in four weeks.

Treacy broke in the final frame, but was unsuccessful. It was a running theme for him throughout the match, registering just two wet and legal breaks in eight attempts. Ellis came to the table to subsequently clear, finishing off with a double on the 8-ball to advance. In total, Ellis constructed four reverse clearances during the tie.

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