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  Saturday, 12 October, 2002, 23:51 GMT 00:51 UK
McManus ends Davis' dream
Alan McManus is into the LG Cup final in Preston
McManus is now into his 15th major final
Alan McManus brought an end to Steve Davis' run at the LG Cup with a 6-4 victory in the semi-finals in Preston on Saturday night.


The six-times world champion had been looking to advance to his 99th major professional final.

He was in superb form at the tournament after beating Jimmy White, Mark Williams and Paul Hunter on his way to the last four.

But McManus won a match heavily dominated by safety play to set up a final showdown with his fellow Scot Chris Small who had earlier beaten England's Jimmy Michie 6-2.

The contest lasted almost five hours and included a frame that had to be restarted twice because it became so bogged down by tactical play.

At one point, a spectator had to be ejected from the Preston Guild Hall because his snoring was clearly audible in the arena.

McManus won three frames on the pink and from 3-3 made breaks of 78, 50 and 76 to finally clinch victory and reach his 15th major final.

"It was a really tough match and I knew I'd have to knuckle down and play hard, said McManus.

"Halfway through I felt like a couldn't pot a ball so I'm pleased to have got through.

"I think it will be a different game in the final because Chris goes for his shots. It's a big match for both of us."

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BBC Five Live's Phil Yates
"McManus found an extra gear"
Alan McManus
"Steve's safety was spot on"
Sweet dreams
Sleeping fan halts the match

Action from Preston

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