McCulloch leaves White blue

PRESTON’S Ian McCulloch left a good share of his home crowd deflated last night despite achieving a brave victory to reach the last 16 of the Totesport Grand Prix.

The cause of the Preston Guild Hall spectators’ disappointment was that McCulloch’s 5-4 victory came against crowd favourite Jimmy White.

“My friends and family will be delighted,” said the left-hander.

“But a lot of people will be pig-sick because of the result,” he said.

The win justified his decision earlier in the week to visit sports psychologist Graham Slater: “I wasn’t totally 100% happy after my first-round game. So, I had an hour with Graham and it seemed to work.”

Seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry defeated Robert Milkins 5-3.

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu beat Londoner Barry Hawkins 5-4. World number 16 Fu now plays Michael Judge for a place in the quarter-finals after the Irishman defeated Scottish rival Marcus Campbell 5-4.

Scot Stephen Maguire cued well to defeat giant-killer Ricky Walden 5-3 to earn a last-16 clash against fellow Scot Alan McManus or Nigel Bond.

Nigel Bond will face Hendry’s occasional practice partner Stephen Maguire in the next round after a marathon 5-4 victory against Glaswegian Alan McManus.

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