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Singha Thailand Classic

Bangkok, Thailand (Sep 30 - Oct 7, 1995)
Ranking tournament (No.1 of 10)

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Wild Card Matches

Michael Duffy       NIR (169) bt Phaitoon Pholbun THA  (am) 5-4
Rom Surin           THA  (am) bt Paul Wykes           (142) 5-4
Young Kien Foot     MAL  (am) bt Matthew Stevens  WAL (236) 5-4
Mark Johnston-Allen      (49) bt Wong Jan         THA  (am) 5-1

Players are English unless stated.
1995/96 World Ranking in brackets. (am = amateur)

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First Round

(Losers �2,075)

Stephen Hendry      SCO  (1) bt Anthony Hamilton       (31) 5-4
Steve Davis              (2) bt Fergal O'Brien    IRE  (38) 5-3
Mark Johnston-Allen     (49) bt Ronnie O'Sullivan       (3) 5-4
John Parrott             (4) bt Dennis Taylor     NIR  (32) 5-1
James Wattana       THA  (5) bt Anthony Davies    WAL  (45) 5-4
Alan McManus        SCO  (6) bt Dean Reynolds          (30) 5-3
Jimmy White              (7) bt Alain Robidoux    CAN  (20) 5-3
Darren Morgan       WAL  (8) bt Brian Morgan           (27) 5-1
Joe Swail           NIR (19) bt Ken Doherty       IRE   (9) 5-2
Peter Ebdon             (10) bt Gary Wilkinson         (23) 5-2
John Higgins        SCO (11) bt Andy Hicks             (17) 5-2
Nigel Bond              (12) bt Michael Duffy     NIR (169) 5-1
Dave Finbow             (47) bt Dave Harold            (13) 5-2
Tony Drago          MLT (14) bt Young Kien Foot   MAL  (am) 5-0
Terry Griffiths     WAL (15) bt Rom Surin         THA  (am) 5-3
Dene O'Kane         NZL (18) bt David Roe              (16) 5-3 

Drago's match lasted only 67 minutes.

New Zealand Dene O'Kane could face disciplinary action after staging his own protest over French nuclear testing during his match with David Roe. The Aucklander wore a 6x4 inch yellow logo on his waistcoat, carrying the words: "Non ... stop the French tests." He said: "I am not affiliated to any political organisation or a nuclear lobby. But I feel strongly about this and made a protest as an individual."

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Second Round

(Losers �3,125)

Hendry     (1) bt Ebdon   (10) 5-4
Bond      (12) bt S Davis  (2) 5-0
Parrott    (4) bt Drago   (14) 5-4
Finbow    (47) bt Wattana  (5) 5-4
J Higgins (11) bt McManus  (6) 5-4
Swail     (19) bt White    (7) 5-3
Griffiths (15) bt D Morgan (8) 5-0
O'Kane    (18) bt J-Allen (49) 5-4

Davis suffered only his second whitewash in his 17-year career. His last came against Ray Reardon in the 1988 British Open.

Dave Finbow produced the second round result the Thais did not want as he shocked James Wattana 5-4. Finbow, ranked 47 in the world, lead 3-0 but eventually needed a break of 107 to force the deciding frame after Wattana fought back. Finbow said: "Considering where I was and what happened this has to be a very special win for me. I couldn't believe some of the shots James played. He had the first frame in the bag but then somehow gave me the chance to win it on the black."

McManus was leading 4-1.

Joe Swail sent White tumbling out in Thailand, and confessed he had cleaned up his act. The former English amateur champion said: "I was going to too many discos and drinking too much beer for my own good. I cut down on the night-outs and drinking as well and instead got my head down at the practice table."

Terry Griffiths, sporting glasses this season for the first time, had no trouble seeing the balls as he swept aside Darren Morgan.

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(Losers �6,250)

Hendry (1) bt Griffiths (15) 5-0 
(Hendry: 83, 68, 60)

Parrott (4) bt J Higgins (11) 5-3
(Parrott: 124, 84, 51)

Bond (12) bt Swail (19) 5-4
(Bond: 69; Swail: 84, 57, 51)

O'Kane (18) bt Finbow (47) 5-2
(O'Kane: 65, 63, 59; Finbow: 57)

John Parrott pounced on three mistakes made by youngster John Higgins to claim a semi-final with Stephen Hendry. The former world champion stepped in as Higins errored in the final three frames to win each one and complete his solid 5-3 victory. "I think John's inexperience showed in the last frames," said Parrott. "But he is going to be around for a long time and his safety was so good which makes my win so much more pleasing."
A disappointed Higgins said: "You have to play well to beat the top players and I didn't. I was careless."

Dene O'Kane booked only the second semi-final spot in a ranking event in his 11-year professional career by beating England's Dave Finbow. The New Zealander sealed his victory on the black with a cool 63 clearance admitted: "I was shaking like a leaf. I thought of playing a snooker on the final pink, but went and it paid off."
O'Kane whose other last four place came in the 1988 Asian Open now faces Nigel Bond on Friday.

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(Losers �11,250)

Parrott (4) bt Hendry (1) 5-4
(Parrott: 68, 57, 55; Hendry: 101, 88, 55)

Bond    (12) bt O'Kane (18) 5-1
(Bond: 123, 55)

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(Loser �22,500, winner �40,000)

Parrott (4) bt Bond (12) 9-6
(Parrott: 116, 59, 58, 53; Bond: 100, 74, 53)

John Parrott was �40,000 richer after capturing the Thailand Classic title. The 31-year old former world champion has now won 10 overseas tournaments - five of them world ranking events. The crucial moment came in frame five when Parrott fired in a break of 115 to lead 5-4 and he went on to win the next three frames to set up victory. Bond fought back by taking the next two frames, but Parrott won in frame 15. He said: "I'm really chuffed to have won. I had a very tough draw with John Higgins and Stephen Hendry in my half."

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Nigel Bond won the televised high break prize of �5,000 with his 123 and Peter Ebdon won the pre-televised high break prize of �4,000 with a 140.

Peter Ebdon140
Peter Ebdon138
Anthony Hamilton136
John Parrott124
Nigel Bond123
John Parrott116
Phaitoon Polboon114
Dave Finbow107
Nigel Bond105
Peter Ebdon104
Gary Wilkinson103
Mark Johnston-Allen102
Stephen Hendry101
Nigel Bond100

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The total purse for the tournament was �230,000.

This is a first for the Thailand Classic. The tournament has been moved from Dubai where it has been contested since 1988. Alan McManus won the 1994 Dubai Duty Free Classic, beating Peter Ebdon 9-6 in the final.

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Thanks to Tore Skagestein and Jonas Ödman <[email protected]> (... and Pot Black Magazine) for providing me with all of this information.

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