Martin stays on course to win back Irish crown
Simon Martin is on track to regain the Irish National Singles title.
The Belfast player yesterday booked his slot in next month's semi-finals, where he will go head to head with Co Antrim's Trevor Robinson.
Irish international Martin is the only one of the last four to have had his hands on the trophy on a previous occasion, but admitted that will count for nothing at the Baker Stadium on January 15.
"I'm just delighted to be through," he said.
"When you get to this stage, it's literally a toss of a coin of who could win it.
"The three other boys may have a little advantage because they will be playing on their home carpet.
"But I'll be going there to give it my best shot."
The other semi-final will feature Alistair Coleman against Andy Kyle.
Results: AIIB National singles qualifier: S Gibson (BIBC) 21 R Barr (BIBC) 10; D Atkinson (BIBC) v A Coleman (CAIBC) w/o; A Kyle (CAIBC) 21 S Kirkwood (BIBC) 17; G Kelly (BCIBC) w/o N Mulholland (BIBC); T Robinson (CAIBC) 21 S Jess (BIBC) 9; G McCloy (BCIBC) 10 S Coleman (CAIBC) 21; J Frazer (CAIBC) 12 I McClure (BCIBC) 21; R Allen (BCIBC) 4 S Martin (BIBC) 18.
Quarter-finals: Gibson 18 A Coleman 21; Kyle 21 Kelly 15; Robinson 21 S Coleman 16; McClure 19 Martin 21.
Semi-finals (January 15): Coleman v Kyle; Robinson v Martin.