Bash Maqsood 5-3 Ant McMahon
Ant McMahon’s run in The Snooker TV Masters came to an end on Tuesday evening in a bruising quarter-final clash with Bash Maqsood.
McMahon had enjoyed victories over Sean Croft and Adam Chester to reach the quarter-final stage but many people thought Maqsood would cantor to victory following his recent Bulwell Open victories.
Maqsood won the first two frames and looked to be on course for a speedy victory but the determined McMahon had other ideas. He summoned up all his fighting qualities to draw level at 2-2 and he then won the fifth to go in front for the first time at 3-2.
Maqsood was not coping at all well and he demonstrated his displeasure with various acts of petulance. This behaviour was totally out of character for the usually level headed and jovial Maqsood and he appeared to be in danger of imploding.
Importantly for Maqsood he managed to level the match at 3-3 and then win the seventh to lead once again.
McMahon had several chances in the eighth frame but he failed to capitalise on them and Maqsood stumbled over the winning line much to his relief.
Maqsood will now play Wayne Martin in the semi-finals.