‘Terrible’ McLeod bows out of UK Championship

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A despondent Rory McLeod was left cursing Lady Luck after crashing out of the UK Snooker Championship at the third round stage.

The 43-year-old lost out 6-4 to world number 44 Matt Selt at the York Barbican, in a frustrating match where both players struggled for high scores as play moved into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

And despite making three breaks over 50 to win three of the first five frames, McLeod admitted he did not bring his best game to the baize, but feels he did not get the rub of the green either.

“I’m obviously very disappointed to lose,” he said. “I was terrible at times and could have played a lot better than I did.

“I should’ve gone 4-3 up, but I got stretched and maybe a little tired. Everything turned for me from there and I didn’t play well at all.

“I don’t know why scoring seemed so tough. I was just trying to get some momentum but it wasn’t happening.

“The balls wouldn’t run right for me and it seemed like I couldn’t get away with anything out there.

“It’s one of those games where if it doesn’t run for you, it just doesn’t run for you – there’s nothing you can do about it.

“The table wasn’t playing well and the balls were pinging off the cushions, but if you get the run when you need it that doesn’t matter so much.”

The match went back and forth until McLeod, ranked 52nd in the world, levelled it up at 4-4 only for Selt to close it out.

With the clash lasting until the early hours of Tuesday morning hardly any spectators remained in the arena for the final few scrappy frames, but McLeod insisted this did not bother him at all.

“You don’t notice the crowds filtering out as you want to win and that’s it at the end of the day,” he added.

“We knew it was getting on a bit late and the frames were getting scrappier so that’s fine.

“I will take some positives away from here as I’ve had two good wins, which is definitely better than coming here and not winning anything at all.

“So I just need to go home and get that out of my head as quickly as possible and move on. I’m heading out to Portugal next so I’ll take a day off and then get straight back on the practise table.”

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