Joe Swail's Shoot-out heroics ideal boost for Welsh bid
Joe Swail battled his way through to the semi-finals of the Shoot-out at the Hexagon in Reading, eventually going down to Belgium's Luca Brecel after four straight victories.
Brecel lost in the final of the £130,000 single frame event to Finland's Robin Hull.
Swail (pictured) had accounted for Tian Pengfei, Anthony McGill, Gary Wilson and Robert Milkens, second round conqueror of Swail's fellow Ulsterman Mark Allen.
"It's a real fun event and I loved the craic," said the 46-year-old Belfast cueman.
Swail and Allen are both in action today at the Welsh Open in Cardiff against Zak Surety and Sam Craigie respectively.
Playing in the Shoot Out for the first time, world number 56 Hull snatched victory in dramatic fashion after Brecel missed the last red at a crucial moment.
The 41-year-old, who claimed a career-high pay day of £32,000, said: "The money helps because it allows me to keep playing.
"To get paid for it is a privilege.
"I was twitching here for two days but I've ended up winning and this will give me a lot of confidence."