KEIGHLEY potter Chris Melling bowed out of the World Pool Masters at the second round stage in Gibraltar.

He took on teenage Bosnian Sanjin Pehlivanović in the first round and raced into a 5-1 lead.

Though he was pegged back slightly, he won the match 7-4. But he suffered a first-ever defeat to Germany star Joshua Filler the following afternoon, going down 7-5.

After being knocked out, Melling said on Twitter: “Well wasn’t meant be, had my chances at the end.

“Best of luck to Joshua he played class. Thanks for all the support as always. Up next the World Pool Championship (June 6-10) in Milton Keynes.”

Filler reached the semi-finals, losing a thriller 7-6 to America's Shane Van Boening.

But the experienced American potter was badly beaten in the final, being whitewashed 9-0 by deserving champion Alex Kazakis.