Kinlocke stuns Doran in quarters

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Russell Moore

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Garth Kinlocke picked up the big win in the men’s under-21s as he knocked-out second seed Chris Doran in an amazing five-game quarter-final.

Kinlocke seemed the sharper from the start against the giant Doran and he duly took the first game 11-7. It seemed as though Doran would respond immediately in the second game when he led 8-3 but threw away his lead to trail 10-8.

At this point Doran blurted out expletives which earned him a yellow card before astonishingly spurring his game into life where he took the next three points. He eventually won the game 13-11.

The pair then traded the third and fourth games with Doran leading before Kinlocke pulled back level but in the decider there was no room for error.

It went right down to the wire as Kinlocke salvaged an outstanding 13-11 fifth game to reach the semi-final.

There he will meet another surprise semi-finalist in David McBeath who overcame Matt Ware.

Ware stormed the first game 11-4 but when McBeath fought back level the game was put into the balance. Eventually McBeath’s consistency won out to earn his semi-final spot.

In the other two tables Liam Pitchford and Gavin Evans both won through comfortably. Pitchford beat Sam Walker 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 15-13) while Evans beat Tom Maynard also 3-0 with two commanding 11-3 opening games sealing his progress.

Their semi-final should be very intriguing.

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