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'I felt at home': Jordan Brown keen to use Crucible experience to spur on professional snooker career

 

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Gallant bid: Jordan Brown

Gallant bid: Jordan Brown

Gallant bid: Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown is looking forward to a bright future after an encouraging debut performance at the World Snooker Championship.

The Antrim potter put in a stubborn and impressive display but an historic victory narrowly eluded him in Sheffield, going down 10-6 to seventh seed Mark Selby.

Brown certainly gave the three-time world champion a run for his money, pulling his way back to 7-6 before losing the last three frames at the Crucible Theatre.

But having pulled off two shocks just to reach the first round, the sky's the limit for the talented 32-year-old having secured his place on snooker's main tour for the next two years.

"I can take a lot from this. Just to get here, through qualifying, it was the most consistent I've ever played," said Brown.

"I felt comfortable and at home at the Crucible. Hopefully I can take that experience and confidence into other venues because I know I'm good enough, I know I've got the game.

"I've got at least another two years on tour now, I just hope I can do a lot better now because I've shown what I'm capable of.

"I played quite well out there, it's very tough, even without a crowd - mentally, it was the ultimate test, not just playing at the Crucible but playing someone like Mark, who's a champion in his own right."

Brown is acutely aware that his run to the first round was not without support, praising playing partner and compatriot Mark Allen for his role in a breakthrough season.

He added: "Mark's help has been invaluable, he's been here several times and in the latter stages as well. He's been giving some words of advice but it was easier said than done. It doesn't get much better than the Crucible.

"Mark has got the game, I can't believe he hasn't been world champion yet but it just goes to show how high the standard is at the top."

Brown may have been in Allen's corner but the Masters champion needed all the help he could get in Sheffield, pushed all the way by another debutant in Wales' Jamie Clarke.

The pair produced a quite magnificent opening session, with Allen making four centuries in the first nine frames.

They resumed with Allen trailing 7-6 by the final interval - despite producing his fifth century break to tie the record for the most in a best-of-19 match.

A tense battle on the colours saw the 14th frame go to the Welshman, while Allen fought back to set up a dramatic conclusion. Scotland's Anthony McGill lies in wait in the second round, with the three-session match commencing on Friday.

Live snooker returns to Eurosport and the Eurosport app. Watch the World Championship from July 31- August 16 with analysis from Jimmy White

Belfast Telegraph