SCOTTISH OPEN: Perry bows out in Glasgow

Joe Perry couldn't hide his frustration after bowing out of the Dafabet Scottish Open on day three of the competition.

Thursday, 14th December 2017, 7:54 am
Updated Thursday, 14th December 2017, 8:05 am
Joe Perry was a second round loser.

The Chatteris cueist is ranked number 22 in the world and looked in excellent nick in his first-round win over China’s Chen Zifan.

But Perry came undone against fellow Englishman Stuart Carrington last night (December 13), going down 4-2 despite starting with an excellent break of 112.

“I started alright really, I just missed a few unforgivable easy balls at crucial times,” said Perry.

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“I had a good chance in the balls to go 3-1 up early on and missed an easy red – that cost me the frame.

“From then on we both started missing a couple. It was pretty good up until that point and then I missed an easy red at 2-2, I got another chance to make it 3-3 and missed the ball.

“I played OK I just missed easy balls at wrong times and got punished. It always makes it doubly worse if you miss easy balls and you do get punished.

“I’ve played a lot of night matches these last two weeks and got into the routine of having little sleeps in the afternoon, just a little hour and I didn’t do that before this one.

“I had a practice booked in the afternoon and I went back and had quite a big meal which I don’t normally have, I just felt a little bit lethargic.

“I started well because I’m playing alright at the moment but as the match grew on I felt less and less good about it and got what I deserved really.”

The 43-year-old will now play at the D88 German Masters qualifiers in Barnsley next week, where he’ll face Joe Swail in the first round before taking a well-earned break.

“I’ll get these next qualifiers out of the way,” he added. “It’d be nice to qualify for Berlin because I’ve not been for a few years then I’ll look forward to some time off.

“I’ll have a nice Christmas with the kids and then me and the missus are going for a holiday after new year so I’ll get away from it all and come back refreshed.”

Cambridge-based potter Kurt Dunham is also out of the competition in Glasgow – the Australian lost 4-2 to Yorkshireman Peter Lines in their second-round encounter.

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