KEIGHLEY potter Chris Melling put in a fine showing on the world stage last week, as he went on a deep run in the US Open Pool Championship out in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The 43-year-old reached the last-eight of the prestigious tournament, before being beaten 10-4 by the eventual losing finalist, Austria's Max Lechner.

Melling started the event impressively, thumping American Samuel Disse 9-1 in his opener last Monday.

Later that day, he secured another big victory, downing home player Billy Thorpe 9-3.


The Keighley man's next game came on Wednesday morning, which saw him lose 9-4 to Spanish superstar David Alcaide.

But an exciting 9-7 victory over Michael Schneider of Switzerland a few hours later kept Melling ticking along nicely.

That win secured the British veteran a place in the last-64, where he comfortably disposed of America's Joven Bustamante 9-4 on Thursday morning.

In the afternoon, Melling produced a superb victory over Kuwait's Badar Alawadhi, thumping him 9-1.

Lee Vann Corteza was next up for the rampant Keighley star in the last-16, and the Filipino was crushed 10-2.

But Melling was defeated in Friday's opening quarter-final, with Lechner proving too strong for him.

Lechner then pipped Taiwan's Ko Ping-chung 11-10 in the semis, before being defeated by Spain's Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 13-10 in a thrilling final.