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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 December, 2003, 15:07 GMT
Ice Man freezes out Lowe
Alan Warriner
Warriner produced a great display to comeback against Lowe
Alan Warriner fought back from three sets down against John Lowe to clinch a place in the fourth round of the World Championship.

Lowe was 3-0 up before the "Ice Man" staged a stunning comeback to win 4-3.

"Lobo" won the first two sets three legs to one and also took the first two legs of the third set.

Lowe increased his lead to 3-0 by nailing double top, but Warriner edged the fourth set 3-2 before reeling off six legs in a row to level.

The momentum was with Warriner and he took out double eight and four to move within one leg of a famous victory.

But Lowe dug deep and followed up an 11-darter with a superb 138 checkout.

It was almost inevitable that the match would have to be decided by two clear legs - with the scored tied at 2-2 - and it was Warriner who took out double 16 twice to prevail.

Alex Roy will face Warriner in the last 16 after defeating Denis Ovens 4-3 in Purfleet.

Roy won the opening two sets before Ovens checked out on 101 to pull a set back.

Roy edged the fourth set 3-2 with a successful attempt at double eight, but Ovens fought back to win the next two and take it to a decider.

However, Roy kicked again and reeled off the next three legs to take his place in the next round.

"I've got a lot of respect for Denis because he's a great player, but I gave him too much respect up there," said Roy afterwards.

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