MOORSIDE’S MICHAEL Wild had a disappointing debut on World Snooker’s main tour losing 6-0 to Sanderson Lam in the first round of the International Championships which had a £657,000 prize fund.
The 34-year-old had a tortuous journey to Daqing, China, only arriving on Saturday night with his match early on Sunday.
And it was an anti-climax having reached the finals in style beating world number seven Judd Trump 6-0 in the qualifiers at The Metrodome, Barnsley.
Wild, who this year made it to snooker’s elite for the first time by winning the European Open to land a prized ticket to the main tour, was 18-1 to beat Trump and 1,000-1 to win by a whitewash, after which he said: “This is definitely the biggest win of my career.
“I did beat Steve Davis 5-0 a couple of years ago, but Judd us at the height of his powers so, to win like this, gives me great confidence.”
Wild is next in action at the Betway UK Championships in York between November 24 and December 6 when he plays Dominic Dale in the first round.