Home comforts for winner Henry

Drew Henry was heading home despite reaching the second round of the Daily Record Players Championship in Glasgow tonight.

Drew Henry was heading home despite reaching the second round of the Daily Record Players Championship in Glasgow tonight.

Henry, the world number 25, defeated Nottingham’s Michael Holt 5-1 to win his first match of 2004.

The 35-year-old lives just a few miles from the venue and was keen to get back to familiar surroundings ahead of his second round clash with former world champion John Higgins.

“It’s not always necessarily a good thing but at least I can go back to my own home and have a practise at my own club, which is nice,” he said.

Henry missed out on qualification for the Embassy World Championship last month, which means the Glasgow event is his last of the season.

“The main problem I’ve had this year is lack of confidence,” he said.

“I’ve felt great in practise but that counts for nothing once you get on the match table.”

Welshman Ryan Day edged Tony Drago 5-4 in a fast-paced match in which the average frame time was just 12 minutes.

Day fired in breaks of 106, 87 and 76 to open a 3-0 advantage before Maltese number one Drago roared back to lead 4-3 with runs of 66, 49, 97 and 43.

The last two frames were much scrappier but Day won them both to set up a second round encounter with Ronnie O’Sullivan.

He said: “It was a great match. We both attacked and in the end it came down to who potted the most balls.”

Shaun Murphy brought Dave Harold’s miserable season to a close with a 5-1 defeat that puts him through to a second round meeting against fans favourite Jimmy White.

Harold broke his wrist on New Year’s Eve and only returned to playing action last month.

“It’s been a nightmare year but there are always people worse off than me,” said Harold, who will now be relegated from the world’s top 32.

Murphy, 21, made breaks of 118, 62 and 68 as he completed a comfortable victory.

“Halfway through the match it struck me that Dave had this problem and that he might be in pain,” he said.

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