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Battling Andrew Morrison is edged out by Dimitri Payne at Short Mat Players' Tour Irish Open

Published 21/09/2015

Morrison was beaten 8-7 by Belgium's Dimitri Payne in an epic encounter, depriving him of his first ranking title
Morrison was beaten 8-7 by Belgium's Dimitri Payne in an epic encounter, depriving him of his first ranking title

Andrew Morrison's agony continued last night after he was beaten in the final of the Short Mat Players' Tour Irish Open - sponsored by the Ramada Plaza Hotel - at the Watson Stadium.

The County Antrim man has just moved indoors following a season of heartache with his club Ballymena, who were defeated by Dunbarton in the final of the Irish Cup.

Morrison was beaten 8-7 by Belgium's Dimitri Payne in an epic encounter, depriving him of his first ranking title.

"It was a case of so near, yet so far," said Morrison. "I got off to a bad start and was playing catch-up for the entire match.

"I came on strong as the game progressed, but duly ran out of ends."

Morrison bravely cut the deficit to two shots at nine ends (8-6).

Although he picked up a shot on the final end, the Belgian did enough to guarantee him his maiden SMPT title.

Semi-finals: A Morrison 13 P Beattie 8, D Payne 10 B Murphy 6.

Final: A Morrison 7 D Payne 8.

Bronze medal play-off: P Bea;ttie 7 B Murphy 6.

Plate competition: Semi finals: A Corrigan 10 S Hedley 9, A Tanner 14 D Doherty 2.

Final: A Tanner 6 A Corrigan 11.

Shield: Semi finals: F Cunningham 9 J Robinson 8, C McCrossan 3 S Mulholland 9.

Final: F Cunningham 12 S Mulholland 6.

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