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How I plan to get the best out of my last years on pro circuit: Joe Swail

Joe Swail has been up and been down in his career, but it seems that getting back to basics is proving just the trick.

The 48-year-old Belfast snooker star is into the second round of the Dafabet Scottish Open with a rapid 4-0 win over German Lukas Kleckers. He's due to take on Ricky Walden at 2pm this afternoon.

Swail has had a mixed season but revealed that he’s given up on trying a multitude of differing strategies, in favour of a simpler approach.

“I didn’t expect that sort of result considering my results lately but I have been playing well and enjoying it and I’ve started to go back to basics over the last year and a half,” said Swail.

“I’ve been changing cues, taking inches off, putting it back on and changing my technique and trying all different kind of things.

“I don’t know why I’m doing it because I’ve only got a few years left on the pro circuit. I’m just going to go back the way I play, it’s a wonder why I’m trying to correct things!

“I’m just going to enjoy it now and last week I had a good chat with John Farnworth who helped me – he said just go back to basics and this is a good start but there’s a long way to go.”

The Belfast potter threw in a break of 56 to help him on his way to the first frame against Kleckers, repeating the same break in the third in a dominant performance.

“Lukas (Kleckers) is very, very raw and he needs a lot more wins under his belt so I just made sure I didn’t miss any silly balls and I didn’t to be fair. I just didn’t miss any silly balls and that was my main objective," he continued.

“Ricky (Walden) is a mate of mine so it’ll be great to play him and what will be will be, I’ll give it my all but it’s nice to get over my first match and get into the tournament proper.”

Mark Allen won’t be joining his Northern Irish compatriot in the second round after being knocked out by England’s Ben Woollaston in an epic battle.

Allen lost the evening session match 4-3 despite winning frames two, three and four, a break of 75 in the third the highlight for Allen. Woollaston fired back to dominate the final three frames 76-16 85-5 114-11 with breaks of 71, 54 and 110.

Allen has been drawn to face China’s Li Yuan in the D88 German Masters Qualifiers in Barnsley next week.

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