Snooker: Davis date for Doherty

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JOHN HIGGINS and Ken Doherty enjoyed convincing third-round victories at the Regal Scottish Open in Aberdeen yesterday. The world champion, Doherty, beat Gerard Greene 5-0 in 75 minutes, while Higgins, the world No 2, came through by the same scoreline against Lancashire's Stuart Pettman.

Higgins now meets Martin Clark while Doherty plays the six-times former world champion, Steve Davis. "I might have had three centuries in the first three frames," said Doherty, who opened with a break of 101 and then added runs of 94 and 80. "That's the strong part of my game and, if I can hold my own safety-wise against Steve, I know I will score a lot heavier than him."