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Peter Bothwell delighted to join ranking ladder

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell collected his first world ranking points yesterday in Yorkshire when he made it through to the second round of the £11,000 Futures tournament in Frimpton.

The 18-year-old defeated Scotland's Bruce Strachan 3-6 7-5 6-3 to book a date with England's Adam Thornton-Brown today.

It was the Hillsborough teenager's second win over Strachan since moving up from the junior ranks. Bothwell has now registered a ranking for the first time having earlier beaten the Scot in qualifying rather than the first round proper of a tournament.

"My first reaction is one of happiness that I have finally got my first ranking point as everyone says that is the hardest one to get," he said.

"My aim now is pretty simple –to build on this win. I have every chance of doing that in the second round.

"Mind you, it will be difficult because my opponent defeated the top seed in the first round in straight sets so he is in form."

Bothwell made a nervy start yesterday and quickly found himself 3-0 down before finding his composure and he took the second set after two breaks of serve.

He had another break to go 3-1 and 4-2 up before closing out the match with a volley after Strachan saved two points at 0-40 down.

Meanwhile, top seed Aaron Stubbs defeated veteran Jimmy Wilson to progress to the quarter-finals of the Co Antrim Championships at Ballycastle.

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