Saturday, 1 October 2011

Nugget joins the last 16 cue

Steve 'The Nugget' Davis rolled back the years yesterday in Poland - advancing to the last 16 of the Warsaw Classic with a BORROWED cue.

The six-time world champion lost his trusty old weapon on his flight over to Eastern Europe, but being the battler he is, it didn't deter him.

He picked up a cue he'd never used before and proceeded to book his place in Sunday's finals day.

His excellent run began with a 4-2 win against Polish amateur Jaroslaw Kowalski before he beat fellow professionals Barry Hawkins and Alan McManus.

At the age of 54, it's incredible to see him at the business end of a tournament but it's all testament to work he stills put in. Rumour has it that he's been practicing hard ahead of this tournament, and it's definitely paid off so far.

While players young enough to be his kids have shined in the PTCs this season, age doesn't seem to be a problem for Davis as he'll still be ranked within the top 48 after Monday's revisions.

Pure and simple, his ability to stay in the top half of the professional rankings is down to his love for the game. A love which is showing no signs of subsiding.

The Nugget continues to grind out results against the odds and is still one of the sport's finest ambassadors.

Dare we dream, he'll be lifting a trophy tomorrow night in Poland.

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