Snooker Shoot Out: Jamie Clarke through to semi-finals


Jamie Clarke lost the first 13 matches of his debut professional season

Welshman Jamie Clarke secured a place in the semi-finals of the Snooker Shoot Out in Watford.

The Llanelli-born 24-year-old, in his first season as a professional, beat 47-year-old Liverpudlian Rod Lawler.

In the last four, he will play Thai left-hander Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who beat ex-world champion Stuart Bingham and aims to be the first Asian winner.

England’s Michael Holt made a 54 to beat China’s Li Hang and will play 2015 winner Michael White of Wales.

Sixteen-year-old English wildcard Ryan Davies beat Thailand’s Sunny Akani before losing to Holt in the last 16.

Earlier, six-time world finalist Jimmy White, 56, who had beaten 11-time women’s champion Reanne Evans and John Astley, went out at the last-32 stage, 65-18 to Rory McLeod.

Shoot Out matches are one frame and a maximum of 10 minutes. Any foul allows the opponent to place the cue ball where they wish, with 15 seconds per shot permitted for the first five minutes of the match and 10 seconds per shot for the final five.

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