Breaking news: Davis edges through in India

Mark Davis is through to the last 16 of the Indian Open in Mumbai (ENGSUS00220130418115900)
Mark Davis is through to the last 16 of the Indian Open in Mumbai (ENGSUS00220130418115900)
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Mark Davis has edged through to the last 16 of the latest World Snooker tournament in Mumbai.

The St Leonards cueman scraped past Anthony McGill 4-3 in round two of the Indian Open this morning (Thursday) despite seeing a 3-0 lead evaporate.

World number 18 Davis clinched a tight opening frame 63-52 with a top break of 35 and a 52 helped him take the second 77-33. Davis then claimed the third 84-43 helped by a closing 41 to move within a frame of victory.

But Scottish world number 30 McGill stayed alive by winning frame four 73-28 aided by a 49 and then cut his deficit to 3-2 by clinching the next 64-19. He squared the match by taking frame six 70-1 with all his points coming in a single visit.

Davis, who won the Six-Reds World Championship in 2012 and 2013, began the decider with a run of 47 en route to a 52-point lead and although McGill replied with a 37, Davis eventually won it 70-41.

The 42-year-old Davis, who saw off Anthony Hamilton 4-2 in round one yesterday, will face Jamie Cope or John Higgins in round three early tomorrow morning. The winner of that will advance to the quarter-finals later in the day.