Mixed week for Alfie Burden

PUBLISHED: 16:45 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:45 18 February 2015

Alfie Burden. Picture by Monique Limbos.

Alfie Burden. Picture by Monique Limbos.

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WGC snooker professional Alfie Burden was knocked out of the Welsh Open second round on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old came through his opening match comfortably, beating Andrew Norman 4-1.

A break of 84 in the second frame was the highlight for Burden, responding to his opponent taking the first frame.

From there it was all Burden as he stormed the next three frames to book his spot in the next round.

However, he found Ashley Carty too hot to handle despite making the highest break of the match in frame three.

The WGC man’s fortunes could have been different had he made full use of his top score of 62, but he allowed Carty to take the frame 72-70.

At 3-0, the chance of a reverse was improbable and so it proved as Carty wrapped up the match 75-44 in the final frame.

Burden’s Welsh woe follows a mixed weekend at the Indian and China Open Qualifiers in Barnsley.

A 4-3 defeat to Sheffield’s Joel Walker meant he would not be progressing to next month’s event in Mumbai.

Burden picked himself up and took to the baize to face Allan Taylor. Four 50 plus breaks enabled Burden to progress to round one 5-4.

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