Michael White, who was responsible for taking out Mark Williams at the ongoing UK Championship, doesn’t see that as his greatest game in the event, contrary to what some snooker fans might believe. The Welsh snooker professional says his 6-5 comeback win over Englishman; Mark Davis is not only his best game in the tournament but in his career.
The 28-year-old was down by a 5-2 scoreline after seven frames but masterminded one of the greatest ever comebacks to ensure a third-round win at the York Barbican after a re-spotted black.
Micheal White had this to say about the win: “That’s the greatest comeback of my career without a doubt.
“Tonight’s win is unbelievable for me – bigger than beating Mark Williams.”
The Welshman continued by saying he didn’t think he was playing poorly when he was behind at 5-2. He stressed that Davis was, however, brilliant in the first four frames, but he held on until his form began to produce results.
White sliced the deficit to just within one frame with brilliant breaks of 56 and 52. In the tenth frame, his yellow-to-black clearance meant that a decider was inevitable.
Mark Davis couldn’t put in match-ball brown, having taken the lead with 22 points. White, who wore a surprising look, then cleared the table to tie the game.
White admitted he was surprised with Davis missing the brown. White, who has two ranking titles to his name, said he was about shaking Davis’ hands to congratulate him because he wasn’t going to carry on.
When the black re-spotted, Davis left it over a center pocket for White – who must have heaved a sigh of relief – to seal a place in the last-16 of the event for the first time in his career.
White revealed that he had put so much into his preparation for the event and that the result only stresses that one could get bountiful results if hard work is put into the preparation.
White is now poised to lock horns with Stephen Maguire on Thursday. Stephen Maguire last won this event as far back as 2004.
Matthew Stevens is fancied at 8.50 to win the UK Snooker Championship, while Michael White is set at 10.50.
Written by: Roland Arum