Snooker: Parrott put out by wild card Hallett

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MIKE HALLETT, who only sneaked into the tournament by the back door, sent John Parrott out through the front yesterday when he ejected the former world champion from the Regal Masters in Motherwell, winning 5-3 to reach the last eight of the pounds 150,000 event.

Parrott has gained only one victory in the Regal since its inception in 1989 and yesterday his misery continued as the world No 5 missed a frame-clinching blue that would have sent his match against Hallett, a wild-card entry, into a ninth frame.

Hallett earned a meeting today with the defending champion, Ken Doherty, while Jimmy White - a comfortable 5-1 victor over Drew Henry - meets the world champion Stephen Hendry.