09-Feb, Day ONE:
Qualifying Begins as Brothers of... progress
matches tonight in the first round of qualifying for the men's
event, and a few tense results too.
The first winner of this year's event was Lancashire's Daniel
Turner, recording his first win on his second Nationals
longest match of the night saw Sam Ellis squeeze past
Chris Leiper in four, helped by two 13/11 games.
"It was pretty brutal, it seemed like neither of us wanted to
win at times," said Sam. "I came out flying to take the first
but from 7/2 up in the second I had to fight back from8-10 down,
and it was the same in the fourth!"
Selby won the only five-setter of the day, coming from 5-9
down in the decider against Tom Bamford to win it 11/9 on a
"I don't know how I won that," admitted Elliot, who was
proudly wearing his new "are you Daryl's brother?" top.
final winner of the night also has a famous sibling, but
Manchester's coach Chris Lengthorn, who beat Matthew
Broadberry in four games, reckons it's Laura who should be
wearing the t-shirt.
Tomorrow sees two more rounds of men's qualifying with eight
main draw places up for grabs.
Draws & Schedules
GALLERY: Welcome to the NSC and round one photos
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