WORCESTER snooker ace Dave Finbow saw his dreams of a first ever major semi-final dashed by world number two John Higgins.

The Alfrick-based player was beaten 5-3 in the quarter-finals of the £282,000 Thailand Masters in Bangkok.

Finbow, the world number 39, has not reached the last four of a ranking event in 10 years as a professional.

But he started solidly and took the score to 2-2 before Higgins finally edged clear to earn a semi-final with fellow Scot Stephen Hendry today.

However, Finbow still holds the highest break of the tournament of 131, achieved in the previous round against Anthony Hamilton, although his mark was equalled yesterday by Ken Doherty in his 5-1 win over Pakistan's Shokat Ali.

Doherty will now face John Parrott, who defeated Quinten Hann 5-3 to make it a quartet of former world champions in the last four.