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  Friday, 14 February, 2003, 12:38 GMT
Small wins LG Cup
Small was a 150/1 shot at the start of the tournament
Small was a 150/1 shot at the start of the tournament


A McManus (Sco) 5-9 C Small (Sco)
(30-81 94-34 68-19 78-15 6-75 74-25 0-69 52-54 0-94 0-75 58-55 48-76 31-65 28-63)

Chris Small has won his first world ranking title with victory in the LG Cup in Preston.

He beat Alan McManus 9-5 on Sunday to take the 82,500 top prize.

The Scot, who has been a professional snooker player for 11 years, battled through the pain barrier to compete. He has a serious spine condition.

It just feels like a dream

Chris Small

The final was closer than the scoreline suggested, with both players adopting a defensive style in a gruelling final.

But Small clinched the title with a high-pressured long range shot to the delight of the crowd.

Fellow Scot McManus had raced into a 4-2 lead but could nothing as Small took seven out of the last eight frames.

Afterwards Small told the BBC: "It just feels like a dream.

"I knew it was going to be a hard match.

"I didn't play great but it was really solid. I'm just delighted with my long putting and my safety play was excellent."

It was not a great match but Chris was solid

Alan McManus

McManus was the fourth top-16 star Small defeated after victories over Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins and Jimmy Michie.

"Chris fully deserved to win," admitted McManus, who looked visibly tired after his gruelling semi-final success against Steve Davis on Saturday night.

"I don't think the game against Steve took it out of me," he insisted.

"It was not a great match but Chris was solid and if I left anything sticking out he knocked it in.

"But I'm delighted for him, he's a lovely lad and he deserves this victory after all he's been through."

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