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Beattie faces tough test to keep his spot at top of world rankings

By Staff Reporter

Mark Beattie admits the pressure is on as he strives to maintain his place at the top of the Short Mat Players' Tour world rankings in the Irish Open at the Watson Stadium this weekend.

Beattie has an impressive record in SMPT events since making his debut in the UK Open back in 2012, having featured in a staggering 160 matches - winning 127 of those.

And his performance in the Irish Open has also been eye-catching, losing only four of 21 starts.

"The competition is now fierce," said Beattie. "There is now a big challenge coming from Belgium, England and Norway at the knockout stages."

The show mat games are: 9am: Tone Boe (Norway) v Sean Conroy (Ireland); 9.45am: Nathan Haire (Ireland) v Dick Almen (Sweden); 10.30am: Chris McWhinnie (Wales) v Magnus Nordin (Sweden); 11.15am: Andrew Jones (Wales) v Andrew Morrison (Ireland); Noon: Cecil Dillon (Ireland) v Nathan Haire (Ireland); 12.25pm: James Trott (England) v Stephen Mulholland (Ireland); 1.30pm: Pauline Beattie (Ireland) v Aidan Corrigan (Ireland); 2.15: Dick Almen (Sweden) v Cecil Dillon (Ireland); 3pm: Alan Paul (Ireland) v William Morrison (Ireland); 3.45pm: Kevin Conroy (Ireland) v Dimitri Payne (Belgium); 4.30pm: Jonathan Payne (Belgium) v Mark Beattie (Ireland); 5.15pm: Jonas Hager (Sweden) v Sophie McIntyre (Ireland).

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