Welsh open action for county pair

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By Gloucestershire Echo | Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 06:00

GLOUCESTER potter Michael Wasley will step out in his first ranking event on home soil today.

The 22-year-old ace will make his Welsh Open debut against Andew Higginson in Newport and a legion of friends and family will be there to support him.

And having won through qualifying to earn his place in Newport, Wasley is confident he can enjoy his first taste of home action.

"I played very well in both my qualifying matches and I felt strong," he said.

"I had to beat Mark Davis who is in the Top 16, but I felt that put him under more pressure.

"Playing in Newport gives friends and family a chance to come down and watch, which is great.

"I'm lucky to get so much support from everyone at South West Snooker Academy in Quedgeley, as well all the lads in the Gloucester league, who I played with for years and my family too of course."

Gloucester's leading professional Rob Milkins will also be in action as he looks to earn a place in the elite top 16.

But standing in his way tonight will be former World Champion and home town favourite Mark Williams.

"I'm looking forward to itm butt won't be easy,"Milkins said.

"Mark will be favourite and he'll have the crowd on his side, but I don't mind that. It should be a great atmosphere."

"I'm concentrating on being more consistent and putting results on the board.

"I've still got a good chance of getting into the top 16 and that's my main aim for the rest of the season."

All matches in the event are being televised by BBC Wales and Eurosport, with coverage worldwide via Asian and Chinese channels.

Wasley plays Andrew Higginson from 10.30am, while Milkins faces Mark Williams at 7pm.

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