Rice & Caldwell stalking leaders at Jessie May Championship

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Rice & Caldwell stalking leaders at Jessie May Championship

Jonathan Caldwell (Photo By Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Tim Rice and Jonathan Caldwell are just three shots off the lead heading into the final round of a tightly packed World Snooker Jessie May Championship on the EuroPro Tour.

The Limerick professional Rice would’ve hoped to be closer after negotiating his first 14 holes at Donnington Grove golf club in two-under par, however dropped shots at 15 and 16 saw him sign for an even par 72.

Rice’s three-under par total remains right in the mix with leader, Ben Hall, although maintaining his hold atop the board, failing to kick on with a 73 today. Rice currently shares 14th and at just three shots back, he’s not without hope of adding to his maiden EuroPro title that he secured last October.

Clandeboye’s Caldwell, who tied 4th last week after falling one shot shy of a playoff at the Matchroom Championship, is again in the mix this time around after joining Rice at three-under par.

Caldwell fired a superb two-under par 70 in tough scoring conditions and he’ll be hoping the experience of last week’s near-miss will help him down the stretch tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy is just one shot further back after returning a one-over par 73 this afternoon. McElroy shares 23rd spot on minus-two, two shots better than The Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney who was the only other Irish player to make the 36-hole cut at level par after rounds of 70 & 74 for the first two days.

The even par mark meant a shortened week for Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith (+2), Naas’ Conor O’Rourke (+3), West Cliff’s Brendan McCarroll & St. Anne’s Cameron Raymond (+4), Headfort men Brian Casey (+5) and Joe Dillon (+7), Owen Crooks (+8), Luke Donnelly (+10) and Michael Dallat (+10).

Tomorrow

Day 3 and the final day at Donnington Grove gets underway with the first tee times at 7 am. The weather could hold up play and cause problems though, with an estimated 6-8mm falling every hour from 4am onwards.

Highlights of The World Snooker Jessie May Championship will air on Sky Sports on 18, June 2019 at 20:00.

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