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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 October, 2004, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
Davis shows good form
Steve Davis
Steve Davis showed he is still a force in snooker by reaching the second round of the Grand Prix in Preston with an emphatic 5-1 win over Sean Storey.

The oldest man on the circuit at 47 lost the opening frame, but then played with confidence and poise.

"I came into the event not expecting too much because I haven't played any snooker for five months," Davis said.

"At the start I couldn't hit the side of a bus station, but Sean let me off and in the end I didn't play badly."

Stephen Hendry was made to dig deep to beat fellow Scot Jamie Burnett 5-4.

Burnett surrendered a match-winning position at 4-3 when he missed a tricky black after potting the final red.

And a below-par Hendry pounced to force a deciding frame, which he eventually won in scrappy fashion after missing a key pot himself.

"I got out of jail," admitted the world number three, who added: "I struggled all the way through."

Former world champion Peter Ebdon enjoyed a more comfortable passage into round two against Yorkshire qualifier Simon Bedford.

He knocked in breaks of 75, 61 and 56 en route to a 5-2 win.

And Tony Drago earned a comeback 5-3 victory over Chinese prospect Jin Long, who was making his first appearance in the final stages of a ranking event.

The Maltese player trailed 3-0, but rallied to take the next five frames and next plays Davis.

Meanwhile, Nigel Bond beat Gerard Greene 5-2 to progress and Anthony Hamilton overcame stubborn resistance from Yorkshire qualifier Jimmy Michie to win 5-2.

Marco Fu, a Grand Prix runner-up to Stephen Lee in Preston six years ago, qualified for the second round with a 5-2 win against Derby's David Roe.


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