Monday, 28 February 2011

Spaghetti baize dividends

Mark King hit three centuries in as many frames today - and then revealed his secret weapon was spaghetti on toast.

The world number 17 suffered a baptism of fire on his return to the qualifiers yesterday, losing out to world number 91 Kurt Maflin 5-1 in the China Open qualifiers.

The last thing he probably wanted today was to play more snooker. But he kicked off his Championship League Group 5 campaign with an imperious whitewash over Ryan Day.

Back at the qualifiers in Sheffield, he suffered a rude awakening to just how difficult it's going to be to win back his status in the sport. But he dusted himself, cooked up some tinned spaghetti on toast, and showed what he's made of.

King has got a reputation for being a real grafter. He wins a lot of frames when the balls go scrappy. But today, he wasn't in any mood to compromise, showing he can break-build alongside the best of them.

The biggest positive though is that a hat-trick of tons proves he's got the bouncebackability he'll need to regain his spot among the game's elite.

King is at a real crossroad of his career right about now. Many players have been unable to recover from elimination from the top 16 rankings. It's a hard old game out there on the qualifying circuit. You need fight to overcome it. That's something the Romford man has in abundance, but today he proved he's got a bit of swagger about him too.

Well played Mark! It's the start of a very tough road back.

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