Snooker: Dott balls sink Parrott

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GRAEME DOTT scored the best result of his career in Aberdeen last night thanks to help from Terry Griffiths. Dott dashed the hopes of John Parrott with a 5-4 comeback win to reach the quarter-finals of the pounds 370,000 Scottish Open.

And after setting up a meeting against Yorkshireman Paul Hunter, the 21-year-old Scot thanked Griffiths for his part in the victory.

"I went to see Terry after the Welsh Open last month because I was getting to the point of chucking in the game," said Dott. "My results had been dreadful and I didn't even enjoy practice anymore. But Terry set me right on a number of things.

"Snooker is a mental thing and he put my head straight on a few matters. Much of the stuff I already knew but it was just good to talk with someone who has so much knowledge."

Dott, a professional since 1994, came from 4-2 down to beat 1991 world champion Parrott. A break of 107 in frame seven began the revival and he added a half-century in the eighth to level at 4-4. In the decider runs of 27 and 23 ensured Dott booked only the second quarter-final of his career.

Hunter, a second-round winner over Ronnie O'Sullivan, survived a comeback attempt by Dott's fellow Scot, Jamie Burnett, to win 5-4.

Burnett forced a decider after being 4-1 down but was denied at the last gasp by Hunter's run of 53.

Mark Williams stayed on course for a third successive ranking title thanks to his 5-4 win over Matthew Stevens.

"I don't know how I'm still here," said Welsh left-hander Williams, badly hampered by a chest infection. "But I guess winning becomes a habit."

Stevens had a chance to win the decider but on 29 he snookered himself on the pink. Williams eventually produced a 41 clearance started after he trapped his compatriot in a tight snooker.

Grand Prix champion Stephen Lee whitewashed Peter Ebdon who was clearly exhausted after his marathon match the previous night against Jimmy White.