Snooker: Parrott enjoys renaissance

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JOHN PARROTT last night reached the Royal Liver Assurance UK Championship quarter-finals for the sixth time in seven years. The former world champion achieved a comprehensive 9-3 victory over Derby's David Roe.

'I'm reborn,' Parrott said. 'I'm playing the best snooker for two years and it feels great. I discovered a couple of technical faults in my game that I've since ironed out. For the last six months of last season I just couldn't pot a long ball. But now if I'm left one I know I can make the most of the opportunity.' Parrott will now meet the world No 9, Nigel Bond.

In another third-round match the Irishman, Ken Doherty, trails Ronnie O'Sullivan, a 17-year-old fellow member of the Ilford Snooker Club, 6-2.