KEIGHLEY pool ace Arfan Dad made a sensational start at the UK Open last week in Telford, but he was unable to build on that against some high-quality competition.

Dad is more of a regular on the 8-ball circuit, while this prestigious Matchroom event was a 9-ball affair.

But the Keighley native dismantled Dimitris Siampanis 9-0 in his first match, taking apart the struggling Greek.

Dad put up a great fight in his next match, losing 9-5 to one of the world’s best players in Germany’s Joshua Filler.

Defeat put the Keighley man into the losers’ qualification section, but he was eventually dumped out by another talented German in Tobias Bongers, beaten 8-3 in that game to bow out of the competition.

Both Filler and Bongers made it all the way to the quarter-finals before being knocked out.

It was a similar story for Bradford native Karl Boyes, more regularly seen as a pundit on the Matchroom circuit nowadays.

He was playing last week though, and enjoyed a fine 9-6 win over Konrad Juszczyszyn in his opener.

But Boyes was crushed 9-2 in his second round game against Indonesian star Alvin Anggito, before being knocked out with a defeat to teenage Estonian Karl Gnadeberg.