Snooker: O'Sullivan on the trail

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The Independent Online
RONNIE O'SULLIVAN will need to display resilience to match his talent today when he resumes against John Parrott at the Embassy World Championship in Sheffield. The 18- year-old trails the No 2 seed 5-3 in their best-of-25 frame second-round match.

Parrott made a strong start to the match allowing the young pretender only six points in a 20-minute opening frame. But Parrott gave O'Sullivan the opportunity to reply immediately when he potted red and blue together and a rapid 86 brought the scores level.

That was the only time O'Sullivan enjoyed parity, although he had a chance to end the day all square when he led 51-0 in the eighth frame. But caution proved his undoing. In opting for safety he let Parrott back into the frame and he went on to win 66-51.

John Morgan came from 9-6 down to defeat Martin Clark in the first round and he will now meet James Wattana, of Thailand, in the last 16.

Results, Sporting Digest, page 39