Fortunate win for Knowles


TONY KNOWLES left Thailand's James Wattana in a black mood at Plymouth last night after scoring an outrageous victory in the £330,000 British Open.

Knowles reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in nearly two years with a dramatic 5-4 second round win.

Attempting to leave the final black safe, the 40 year old Lancastrian fluked the ball into the green pocket. He held his hand up to apologise but said later. "It's and unfortunate way to end a good match but I had it done to me at the world championship qualifiers last month."

was trying to leave the white tight on the side cushion and hope to leave the black safe. But I was relieved to see the ball go in," grinned the former world number two from Bolton.

Meanwhile, giant killer Mark Johnston Allen ended Steve Davis hopes and proclaimed. "I wish I'd played, him a lot earlier in my career. Johnston Allen, from Bristol, booked a last 32 meeting with Nottingham's Anthony Hamilton on the back of a 5-2 success.