ARFAN Dad will not be joining his fellow Keighley native Chris Melling in the last-16 of Ultimate Pool Champions League later this year, after a much-needed comeback fell just short.

Melling won Group One last Monday to progress, and it was Dad's turn in Group 2 this week.

Seeded player Neil Raybone was the favourite to go through, with Dad also up against Jez Graham and well-known Scottish snooker player Stephen Maguire.

It was Maguire's Ultimate Pool debut and in his opening match, Dad showed it is not as smooth a transition between the two cue sports as you might think.

The Keighley potter won that encounter 4-0, with Raybone edging out Graham 3-2 in his opener.

That meant the clash between Dad and Raybone was likely to determine the group winner, and though Dad fought his way back from 3-0 down in that one, he could not quite claim a vital draw.

At 3-2 down with just over a minute left in the match, he cleared all the yellows, but was snookered on the black with seconds to go, and had to settle for defeat.

When Graham and Dad drew 2-2 in the fifth game of the night, that meant Raybone was guaranteed to progress regardless the result of his final match against Maguire.

He won it anyway, beating the snooker star 3-2, to deservedly earn his place alongside Melling in the last-16.