| Another time that James fell down
when he was almost at the destination....Despite leading Wayne
Brown 4-2 in the last 32 round of Benson & Hedges Championship 1999, he didn't take such a chance... and just letting Brown
to fight back and establish the 5-4 victory over him....Here're
the results which he had performed since the third round (last
128) of this tournament.|
4-5 Wayne Brown
14-106(97), 52-49, 66-62, 63-46, 0-118(118), 67(40)-22, 4-87(77), 1-71(40), 0-69(64)
|Thai star James Wattana, a runner-up at the first Benson and Hedges Snooker Championship 10 years ago,
made a winning return to the tournament in Malvern. Wattana, who has temporarily lost his mantle as the
leading Asian player to Hong Kong's Marco Fu, defeated unknown Welshman Norman Maher - but only
after an unexpected struggle.
The 29-year-old Bradford-based star, now down to 22nd in the provisional world rankings, defeated the world number 381 5-2. Maher had fought back to 2-2 from 2-0 down helped by an 81-80 success in the fourth frame after requiring two snookers. The total of 161 points was one of the highest ever points totals in a single frame - though 24 points below the all-time record. In the end Wattana's class told and he finished off with breaks of 63, 79 and 78.
Wattana, a Wembley runner-up to Stephen Hendry in 1993, said: "Now I'm out of the top 16 this is my only chance of winning a place at the Benson and Hedges Masters next year. "I struggled early on to get used to the conditions but I didn't play too badly in those closing three frames," added Wattana, beaten 9-5 by Alan McManus in the 1990 B&H final.
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