Scotland's Anthony McGill was ruthlessly efficient as he whitewashed his opponent, Adam Wicheard, 10-0 in the third round of qualifying for the Betfred.com World Championship at the Crucible Theatre later this month, writes Neil Drysdale.
There was no show-boating by the 21-year-old Glaswegian during his masterclass at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Instead, he repeatedly compiled breaks of 40 and 50 to which Wicheard had no answer. The contest was effectively over by the mid-session interval: McGill led 8-0 with a biggest break of 64, before he finished the job in clinical fashion.
McGill, one of five Scots bidding to join the defending champion, John Higgins, and Stephen Maguire for the televised stages of the showpiece tournament, will face England's Anthony Hamilton in the fourth round on Wednesday. His compatriots, Alan McManus, Jamie Burnett, Marcus Campbell and seven-time global title winner, Stephen Hendry, will enter the fray before the qualifiers reach their climax on Sunday.
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Glynhill had to settle for silver medals despite battling back from 2-0 down in the final of the European Club Champions Trophy yesterday, writes Craig Madden. The Paisley side were always chasing the game and eventually went down to a penalty corner strike nine minutes from time.
Although Jonny Christie hit the side net in the first minute, Lille dominated the early exchanges and led 2-0 after 22 minutes through goals by Xavier Brabant and Francois Laffineur from a set piece. Kelburne hit back in first-half overtime from a penalty corner. Willie Marshall's shot was blocked but Alan Forsyth smacked home the rebound.
The Scots equalised midway when the ball was switched left to Forsyth at a penalty corner and he scored with a fierce drive. Only the brilliance of Mark Fulton between the posts prevented Lille from scoring before Laffeneur finally beat the keeper with a fierce drag flick at their fifth penalty corner of the half. "On another day we could have won," said Harry Coles, the Kelburne manager. "Lille were very quick on the break and we gave them too many penalty corner chances."
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Grove took fifth place in the women's event in Belfast with victory over the Belgian champions. The game was drifting towards a goalless draw and a penalty shoot-out but Leigh Fawcett broke the deadlock with a strike from open play four minutes from time. Then Ali Bell beat three defenders with a fine piece of skill leaving Louise Campbell to walk the ball into the empty net for the clincher. "We had six players under the age of 20 in the squad and they gained a lot of experience," said Charlotte Jones, Grove's coach.
The Scotland-based Endura Racing Team completed a clean sweep of stage wins at the Tour Doon Hame when Jonny McEvoy broke away in the closing stages of the 107-mile haul from Moffat to Annan to take the honours on third and final stage, writes Colin Renton. His success in the UK's second biggest event of its kind – it is eclipsed only by the Tour of Britain – followed earlier wins for his team-mates Erick Rowsell and Scott Thwaites. McEvoy took the overall title, meaning it is 25 years since a Scot won the event or its predecessor the Girvan 3-Day.
n Michael Nicolson, riding for Scotland Under-23, was thwarted in a brave bid for overall victory at the four-day Tour of the North in Ireland. The Invernesian, who had won stage three, started the day third on the general classification and featured in the 19-man group that contested the closing sprint at the end of the 71 mile stage in Broughshane. Although he crossed the line in 11th place and overtook second placed Tommy Bustard, the overnight leader James Moss was also in the group and clung on to take a title won in the past by the Scot Jason MacIntyre and the Irish great Sean Kelly.
Great Britain men, including Scots Dan McMillan, Chris Mohr and Scott Frew, have set their sights on their European Championship qualifying campaign after finishing fourth in the Pinsent Masons' London Cup at Crystal Palace. As expected, Team GB lost all three matches against sides who have already booked places at London 2012 – Argentina (32-15), Tunisia (41-15) and Korea (29-25) – but their performance against the Koreans was encouraging. Steven Larsson proved how important a player he is by finishing top scorer in the tournament with 19 goals, 14 against Korea. GB play Italy, Greece and Switzerland in their European Championship pool in Italy on June 8-10.
Larbert's Asia Bailey won bronze at the World Junior Championships in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. She battled her way through to the semi-finals of the Under-42kg event before losing to Chinese Taipei's Lin Wan-Ting.