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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Hunter polishes off Parrott
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Paul Hunter
Hunter was pushed hard by Parrott
Paul Hunter was given a tough ride by former world champion John Parrott before pulling clear to a 10-7 win.

Hunter, protecting a 5-4 overnight lead, started with a 64 in the 10th to open up a two-frame lead.

Parrott refused to buckle though and breaks of 82 and 56 kept him in contention as the pair traded frames.

A missed pot in the 14th cost Parrott the chance to level at 7-7, and Hunter made the most of the slip to take a deserved win with some composed play.

The eighth seed admitted that Parrott gave him a tougher examination than expected though.

"I was confident going into the match and I thought I cueued quite well, but I was 4-3 down," said Hunter, who faces Matthew Stevens in the second round.

"I was glad to go in 5-4 up and I was a little worried towards the end - I'm just relieved to have got it over."

And, looking forward to his next match, Hunter added: "I beat Matthew last year so he'll want revenge. We're good friends, but he wants to win as much as I do."

Parrott meanwhile was pleased to have given a good account of himself.

"The first session was a containment job - the last thing I wanted was to come here 7-2 or 8-1 behind," he said.

"Ultimately my positional play let me down - I was pleased with the standard I played, but I needed to score better.

"I was a bit like an old boxer with good ring craft but no punch. Good luck to Paul, he must have a good chance."

First round result (best of 19 frames):
P Hunter (Eng) 10-7 J Parrott (Eng)

102-7 (102) 49-59 71-17 (71) 61-1 43-65 47-68 58-65 132-0 (132) 73-35 (55) 75-18 (64) 21-63 60-1 45-82 (82) 70-62 19-63 (56) 97-24 (90) 66-0.




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