Australian Matthew Bolton had to bow out of the 2013 World Billiards Championship Long Format after defeat to Navin Patel of England in the last 16 of the competition.
There was very little between the two players in the closing stages of the match, but it was the Englishman who just edged it 750-742 in Leeds to progress.
Patel managed to establish an important early lead with breaks of 136 and 79 to put himself a strong position. However, Bolton responded in great style to get himself back in the contest. After a slow start, the Australian went through the gears with runs of 142, 164 and 171.
It looked as though Bolton was on the verge of victory when he was eight points ahead but he missed a drop cannon which left the table open for Patel. The home player took advantage with a break of 64 which was enough for victory.
The Australian went one step further in the 150 up competition where he was beaten by number one seed David Causier 4-1.
The latest betting outlook suggests that Bolton is likely to be back in Leeds next year for another shot at the Long format. The English city has secured the competition for the next two years where the World Championship will be held at the Northern Snooker Centre until at least 2015.
Following the 2015 competition, bids are welcome from other countries, which may see Australia, China and India all in contention for the tournament.
Bolton will now be preparing for success in 2014 with the Australian Open, a tbc major, World Team Championship and the two competitions in Leeds likely to be his priorities – at least, according to the line betting with bet365.