Brian Cox 5-4 Barry Stark

Brian Cox 5-4 Barry Stark

Brian Cox survived a terrific comeback from Barry Stark in this Snooker TV Masters last 16 tie.

Cox had made the long trip from Peterborough to play this match but the gruelling journey did not seem to affect him as he took the first frame in style with a 73 break.  He then won the next two frames to open up a resounding 3-0 lead.

Stark won the fourth but Cox made it 4-1 and it seemed only a matter of time before the qualified snooker coach from Peterborough booked his place in the quarter-finals.

Amazingly Stark seemed to find an extra gear as he reeled off three frames in a row to set up a tense decider.

Stark now had the momentum on his side as the deciding frame got underway around midnight.  It looked like he was going to make it four frames in a row but from somewhere Cox produced a frame winning 32 break which his idol Alex Higgins would have been proud of.

It was a fantastic match that had it all and it was a real shame that there had to be a loser.

Cox will now play Steve Judd in the quarter finals.

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