World Snooker Championship 2013: Selt eager for return

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Crucible
Matthew Selt

Matthew Selt said the "wow" factor of playing at the Crucible has left him desperate to return to the World Championship next year.

The 28-year-old debutant suffered a 10-4 defeat against Mark Selby in the first round but fought back bravely after a nervy start saw him trail 5-0.

"I got bashed up 10-4 but it was the most enjoyable game of snooker I have played," said the Romford star.

"I really enjoyed being out there and I look forward to doing it again."

Selt, who beat former champion Ken Doherty 10-9 in qualifying to reach snooker's showpiece event, admitted the occasion did get to him.

"There is nowhere to hide," he said.

"I didn't feel I was under pressure but as soon as I started hitting balls, I thought 'wow, this is like no any other venue'.

"Everyone is staring at you. I was nervous. It took a long time to get used to.

"This is the home of snooker. I went out beforehand to try to get used to it and thought I would settle in alright but when you are in the arena it is a lot different.

"You are basically sitting next to someone in the crowd. It is something I have never experienced before and I am glad I have."

Selt, ranked 45 in the world, battled back to 6-3 at the end of a scrappy first session but Selby began to find his form in the second session on Wednesday.

And Selt, who had a six-week break from the sport after a poor start to the season, said he has ended his campaign on a positive.

"I take a lot of confidence," Selt said. "I felt pretty comfortable out there. I know I got beaten 10-4 and the scoreline doesn't really show that.

"But I was 4-0 down and just didn't really know what I was doing to begin with. I knew it would take a long time to settle but 4-0 was quite a long time; you can't give the world number one that sort of head start.

"I competed towards the end of the first session. Mark did not play great in the first session.

"But around about the seventh or eighth frame I started feeling comfortable and thought 'do you know what, I am competing here' and it shows what you can do if you feel happy in your environment.

"It felt good and it will give me the buzz I need to work hard and get back here again, because in the end I really enjoyed it.

"I am already looking forward to my next tournament. It would have been a lot different had I lost to Ken. I would have been fuming and probably not practised for a long while.

"But as soon as this is over I will be back on the practise table."

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