ASHLEY Carty had no complaints with his defeat to world number 19 David Gilbert at the Betway UK Snooker Championships last night.
The Rotherham potter went down 6-3 to the Tamworth-based player at York’s Barbican, four years after suffering a much heavier defeat to Barry Hawkins in his only previous appearance in the tournament.
Ashley said: "I didn't do much wrong but David was outstanding.
"I broke off and put the white tight on the top cushion and thought that was a pretty good start but he put this long red in out of nowhere and made 128. I knew that point I needed to play well."
After losing that opening frame, Carty took the second with breaks of 54 and 50.
Gilbert regained the advantage in the third frame but a 100 clearance gave Ashley the fourth, levelling the scores at 2-2.
The players shared the next two frames, Carty the second of them with a break of 87, but it was the higher ranked man who had the staying power.
A clearance of 122 won him the seventh frame to take him 4-3 clear and although the following one was close, Gilbert won it with an 85 break and then took the ninth to complete victory.
We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.