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Q School 2019 - Event 3 Qualifiers

Posted by SnookerInfo on June 4, 2019 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

2019 Q School is all over and another four players booked their place by winning their section of the third event. There were also four more cards given out to the four highest players on the Order of Merit who had not already won their card.


Andy Hicks

Born: 10th August, 1973 (45 years old)

Nationality: English


Results

4-2 v Brian Ochoiski

4-0 v Richard Binns

4-1 v Michael Collumb

4-2 v Ryan Thomerson

4-0 v Qingtian Yang


Andy Hicks first turned professional in 1991 at the age of 18. He was fairly successful in the 1990's reaching the semi finals of a ranking event on 5 occasions, One of them being the 1995 World Championship where he beat Steve Davis, Willie Thorne and Peter Ebdon before losing to Nigel Bond. He also reached the semi finals of the Masters in 1996 as a wildcard where he lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan.


Andy reached a career high ranking of 17 in 1995/96 and remained on the snooker tour until the end of the 2012/13 season. Since then he has been playing Q School trying to regain his place and has also played a number of events as a top up player. He reached his sixth career ranking event semi final at the 2017 Shoot Out and as recently as this year reached the Last 16 of the Indian Open.


Alex Borg

Born: 5th June, 1969 (49 years old)

Nationality: Maltese


Results

4-1 v Hrithik Jain

4-2 v Joshua Thomond

4-2 v Danny Brindle

4-2 v Patrick Whelan

4-3 v Allan Taylor

4-1 v Billy Joe Castle


Alex Borg first turned professional in 1991. He regularly entered the Malta Grand Prix in the 1990's. He reached the Quarter Finals in 1995 beating Nigel Bond before reaching the semi finals in both 1997 and 1998 beating Mark Williams and John Higgins in the process.


He fell of the tour in 1997 but returned for one season in both 1998/99 and 2001/02. He won the EBSA European Snooker Championship to qualify for the tour again in 2005. He remained on tour for two years before again losing his card, He was to wait six years before turning pro again receiving the IBSF nomination for the 2013/14 season. He again lost his place after two seasons and then he got back on tour again through Q School in 2016. Again though he was unable to keep his card after two seasons.


Alex reached the Last 32 of the Snooker Shoot Out during his last spell on tour in 2018. It is to date his best ranking event finish.


Alexander Ursenbacher

Born: 26th April, 1996 (23 years old)

Nationality: Swiss


Results

4-1 v Sanderson Lam

4-1 v Saqib Nasir

4-0 v Sydney Wilson

4-1 v Si Jiahui

4-3 v Fang Xiongman

4-3 v Peter Lines


Alexander Ursenbacher first qualified for the tour in 2013 via Q School. He only won two matches during his first season on tour though, The first in a European Tour event and the second at the World Championship qualifiers. He started the following season very promisingly winning his first two matches in qualifying events against Martin O'Donnell and Kyren Wilson but struggled after that failing to win another match for the rest of the season and he therefore lost his tour card.


In 2017, He won the EBSA European Under-21 Championship beating Jackson Page in the final 6-4 to qualify for the tour again. During his first season back on tour, He reached the Last 32 of the Riga Masters and the Indian Open. His good form continued as he reached the semi finals of the 2017 English Open beating the likes of Shaun Murphy and Michael White along the way before losing in the semi finals 6-3 to Kyren Wilson. He struggled to kick on after that result and only won one more match for the rest of the season in the Shoot Out.


Alexander reached the Last 16 of the 2019 Welsh Open after beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-2 in the Last 32. He was beaten by Zhao Xintong in the next round and ended up losing his tour card at the end of the season.


Barry Pinches

Born: 13th July, 1970 (48 years old)

Nationality: English


Results

4-2 v Chen Zhe

4-0 v Robin Otto

4-3 v Leo Fernandez

4-1 Peifan Lei

4-2 v Shane Castle

4-3 v Long Zehuang


Barry Pinches first became a professional in 1989 after winning the English Amateur Championship the year before. He remained on tour for eight years before losing his place in 1997. He was back on tour though in 1998 and stayed on it until 2016.


He has twice reached the Quarter Finals of a ranking event. His first was the 2003 UK Championship where he beat Marco Fu, Graeme Dott and Stephen Lee before losing to Stephen Hendry. His second was the 2005 Grand Prix where he defeated Tom Ford, Rory McLeod and Jimmy White before losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Quarter Final stage.


Barry Pinches has won a minor-ranking event. He won the Players Tour Championship - Event 4 during the 2010/11 season where he beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final 4-3. He finished 3rd in the PTC Order of Merit because of this and therefore qualified for the 2011 PTC Finals where he lost 4-3 to Michael Holt in his first round.


Si Jiahui (16 years old, Chinese), Billy Joe Castle (26 years old, English), Peter Lines (49 years old, English) and Peifan Lei (16 years old, Chinese) also qualified for the tour by finishing as the top four players on the Order of Merit who had not already qualified.


Congratulations to all the Q School qualifiers and good luck for the next two seasons.

Q School 2019 - Event 2 Qualifiers

Posted by SnookerInfo on May 29, 2019 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Another Q School event is complete and another four players have won a tour card for the next two seasons. Here you can find a bit of information about each one:


Chen Zifan

Born: 19th September, 1995 (23 years old)

Nationality: Chinese


Results

4-1 v Brandon Hall

4-0 v Owais Ali

4-0 v Lukas Kleckers

4-2 v Shane Castle

4-0 v Long Zehuang

4-0 v Au Chi Wai


Chen Zifan turned professional in 2017 after coming through Q School. During his first season on tour he reached the Last 32 of the European Masters defeating Hammad Miah and Mark King before losing to David Gilbert. He then reached his second Last 32 at the English Open just a couple of weeks later this time beating Sanderson Lam and Barry Hawkins before losing to Aditya Mehta.


Chen has been unable to reach another Last 32 since and therefore lost his tour card at the end of the 2018/19 season. He has bounced straight back though so he will be trying to kick on next season to try and break into the top 64.


Fraser Patrick

Born: 8th November, 1985 (33 years old)

Nationality: Scottish


Results

4-1 v Sean Maddocks

4-0 v Craig Farrar

4-3 v Andy Hicks

4-1 v John Welsh

4-1 v Christopher Keogan

4-1 v Sydney Wilson


Fraser Patrick first qualified for the tour in 2007 as a Scottish nomination. He was unable to keep his place on tour after just one year and was relegated. He got close to winning back his tour place through Q School in both 2011 and 2012 losing in the final round to Adam Wicheard and Michael Wasley respectively.


Due to his good performance at Q School he was able to play in many tournaments as a 'top up'. He reached the Last 32 of the German Masters beating Michael White and Martin Gould before losing 5-3 to Ali Carter. Later that season he again reached the final round in a Q School event this time winning 4-3 against Ashley Carty to earn a two year tour card.


He remained a professional for four seasons losing his tour card at the end of the 2016/17 season. During that time he reached the Last 32 of three more events but as of yet has been unable to go further.


Louis Heathcote

Born: 3rd July, 1997 (21 years old)

Nationality: English


Results

4-0 v Ian Desmier

4-1 v Brian Cini

4-2 v Florian Nuessle

4-2 v Aditya Mehta

4-1 v Simon Blackwell

4-3 v Si Jiahui


Louis Heathcote first entered Q School in 2014 at the age of 16. He failed to get further than the Last 64 during his first two attempts before reaching the Last 32 in 2016 where he lost to Cao Yupeng. During the 2015-16 season, Louis entered both the World Under-21 Championship and the European Under-21 Championship. He reached the Last 32 in both events before losing to Lee Mein and Alexander Ursenbach respectively.


During the 2016/17 season he entered a number of professional events as a wildcard but was unable to get past the first round in any of them. He has continued to try Q School every year and now wins a two year tour card for the first time.


Riley Parsons

Born: 5th May, 2000 (19 years old)

Nationality: English


Results

4-3 v Alexander Ursenbacher

4-1 v Daniel Womersley

4-3 v Chae Ross

4-2 v Callum Lloyd

4-3 v Peter Lines


Riley Parsons first entered an amateur event in 2015, The English Amateur Championship. He played in the 2016 Snookerbacker Classic reaching the Quarter Finals of one of the events. He then reached the Last 32 of the 2016 World Under-18 Championship before losing to Tyler Rees. His best result in the English Amateur Championship came in 2018 when he reached the Quarter Finals of the South section where he lost 5-4 against Jamie O'Neill.


Riley entered Q School for the first time this year so he was a bit of an unknown quantity. During the first event he was beaten in the second round by Mateusz Baranowski before going on to qualify from event two. It will be interesting to see how he gets on on the tour for the next two seasons.


The final Q School event gets underway tomorrow and finishes on Tuesday.

Q School 2019 - Event 1 Qualifiers

Posted by SnookerInfo on May 23, 2019 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Q School is an annual event where amateurs get the chance to qualify for the main tour. There are three events, which run back to back and the four winners of each quarter in each event win a two-year tour card to play as a professional on the circuit. This year there is also four places available to the 'best four' players who didn't qualify over the course of the three events.


In this blog, I will be posting the four players who qualified from the first event.


David Lilley

Born: 19th October, 1975 (43 years old)

Nationality: English


Results

4-1 v Barry Lee

4-1 v Stephen Kershaw

4-2 v Adam Duffy

4-0 v Rodion Judin

4-1 v Si Jiahui

4-0 v Sean Maddocks


Widely regarded as the best amateur snooker player, David has had lots of success as an amateur. He won the Amateur European Championship in 1995 and then went on to win the English Amateur Championship in 1997 and 1999 before winning it for a third time in 2004.


In 2016, David attempted to qualify for the main tour via Q School but lost in the final round to Chen Zhe. Later that year, He played in the Indian Open and had some noticable victories, Beating Tian Pengfei, Mike Dunn, Mark Williams and Robert Milkins before losing in the Quarter Finals against Shaun Murphy.


In 2018, David again entered Q School and although failing to qualify for the tour he finished number one on the Order of Merit allowing him to take part in most events throughout the season. His best runs came in the International Championship and the Scottish Open reaching the Last 32 in both events.


Xu Si

Born: 24th January, 1998 (21 years old)

Nationality: Chinese


Results

4-0 v James Burrett

4-1 v Allan Taylor

4-2 v Heikki Niva

4-0 v Qingtian Yang

4-1 v Michael Wild

4-2 v Wang ZePeng


Xu Si first qualified for the tour in 2017 through winning the 2016 IBSF World Under-21 Championship defeating Alexander Ursenbacher in the final. He struggled at first to adapt to life as a professional losing his first three matches. His first win came against Michael Georgiou in the 2017 Indian Open, A strong run to the semi finals followed beating high profile players such as Ricky Walden and David Gilbert on the way. His run ended when he lost to John Higgins 4-2.


Xu Si struggled to recapture that form losing in the first round of many tournaments and ended up losing his tour card just last month. He entered Q School and will now enjoy an immediate return to the tour.


Soheil Vahedi

Born: 15th March, 1989 (30 years old)

Nationality: Iranian


Results

4-2 v Chris Totten

4-2 v Tyler Rees

4-0 v Lee Daegyu

4-2 v Billy Joe Castle

4-3 v Paul S Davison

4-2 v Ross Bulman


Soheil Vahedi almost qualified for the main tour in 2009 at the age of 20 losing 9-8 in the final of the World Amateur Under-21 Championships to Noppon Saengkham. Seven years later he won the World Amateur Championship beating Andrew Pagett 8-1 in the final to qualify for the tour for the first time.


Soheil lost in the first round of many tournaments during his first season as a professional before reaching the Last 32 of the Gibraltar Open before losing in a deciding frame against Jack Lisowski. He has since reached the Last 32 again at the 2019 Indian Open but didn't do enough to stay on the tour and so had to re-qualify through Q School this year.


Jamie O'Neill

Born: 19th August, 1986 (32 years old)

Nationality: English


Results

4-3 v Kuldesh Johal

4-1 v Chen Zhe

4-3 Andreas Ploner

4-1 v Lin Shuai

4-1 v Lukas Kleckers


Jamie O'Neill started playing on the Challenge tour in 2003 and won the European Under-19 Championship in the same year. Three years later he won the English Open Championship beating Jeff Cundy 8-3 in the final.


He first qualified for the tour in 2007 having finished 6th in the International Open Series Order of Merit. He failed to qualify for any tournaments and lost his place at the end of that season. He returned in 2010/11 but again lost his tour card after just one season.


This isn't the first time he's been successful at Q School as he qualified in 2012. During his two year spell on tour, Jamie achieved his best ranking finish reaching the Last 16 of the 2014 China Open. He beat Alan McManus, Kyren Wilson and Fergal O'Brien before losing 5-3 against Mark King. The following month he again lost his tour card and remained an amateur for five years up until now.


Congratulations to the four players who won their tour cards today. Q School Event 2 starts tomorrow.


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Q School 2018 - Daily Updates

Posted by SnookerInfo on May 14, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (6)

Today the Q School event started in Burton, England. Over 200 players playing for 12 two-year tour cards. There are three events over the next 18 days with 4 cards on offer in each for the winner of each Quarter. Here I will be posting daily updates from the event highlighting the winners and losers and major talking points. Good luck to all the players.


Thursday, 31st May

Final of day of this years Q School and there was some high profile players defeated in the last 16. Players who only lost their tour cards last month Chen Zhe and Wang Yuchen both lost 4-1 to Ashley Carty and Himanshu Dinesh Jain respectively. Former world number 24 Michael Judge lost 4-0 to Kishan Hirani, Andy Hicks lost 4-2 to Andy Lee. One player looking to regain his card immediately Thor Chuan Leong won however, beating Greg Casey 4-0. The other three matches all finished 4-3, Fang Xiongman, Simon Bedford and Kuldesh Johal defeating Farakh Ajaib, David Lilley and James Cahill.


Thor Chuan Leong 4-1 Fang Xiongman

Kishan Hirani 4-2 Simon Bedford

Andy Lee 4-2 Kuldesh Johal

Ashley Carty 4-2 Himanshu Dinesh Jain


Thor Chuan Leong successfully regained his tour card after a 4-1 win over another player who only just dropped from the tour Fang Xiongman. Kishan Hirani won the last two frames with breaks of 57 & 64 to beat Simon Bedford 4-2 to qualify for the tour for the first time. Hong Kong's Andy Lee made a high break of 93 to beat Kuldesh Johal, who made a century in the match, 4-2 to qualify for the tour for the first time since 2009. Finally Ashley Carty has also qualified for the tour for the first time after beating Indian Himanshu Dinesh Jain 4-2.


So, that's it for this year's Q School. Congratulations to the 12 players who won tour cards. The 64 highest players on the Q School order of merit will play in the first Challenge Tour event this weekend.


Wednesday, 30th May

Today was the penultimate today of this years Q School and I will start the update with the conclusion of round three. Hong Kong player Andy Lee won 4-0 against Patrick Whelan making breaks of 79, 62 & 62. There were also wins for Adam Duffy, Chen Zhe and Wang Yuchen as they aim to immediately return to the tour. However, there were defeats for Leo Fernandez and Mitchell Mann to end their own hopes of an immediate tour return. There were also defeats for Women's World Champion Ng On Yee and Frenchman Brian Ochoiski.


Onto round four, Jackson Page lost 4-1 against David Lilley, David made breaks of 66, 60 & 59 as he continues his good form. 22-year old Ashley Carty beat young Welshman Tyler Rees 4-2 with a break of 94 in the last frame whilst Hong Kong's Andy Lee moved another step closer to the tour following a 4-2 victory against Wang ZePeng.


Moving the focus onto former professionals, Jamie Cope raced into a 3-0 lead but ended up losing 4-3 thanks to a great comeback by Greg Casey. Michael Judge, Simon Bedford and James Cahill are all now within two wins of a return to the tour after all three of them eased to a 4-0 victory. There were defeats though for Kristjan Helgason (4-1 to Thor Chuan Leong), Adam Duffy (4-2 to Kuldesh Johal) and Dechawat Poomjaeng, who lost 4-2 against Indian Himanshu Dinesh Jain.


There is currently one match still ongoing. Andy Hicks v Barry Pinches is 3-3 and they are halfway through the deciding frame. Tomorrow will of course be the final day of this years Q School so by the end of the day we'll know the identity of another four tour qualifiers. Good luck to all the players.


Tuesday, 29th May

Women's World Champion Ng On Yee won her first match at this years Q School beating Ning Kang 4-2 after being 2-0 behind. She will play Dechawat Poomjaeng tomorrow after the Thailander beat Ross Bulman 4-1. Jamie Cope also recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2 against Callum Lloyd whilst Fang Xiongman beat Hu Hao after being 3-1 behind but the best comeback of the day came from Brandon Sargeant who came from 3-0 down against Jamie O'Neill to win 4-3.


There were good performances this morning from both Mitchell Mann and Ashley Carty. Ashley beat John Pritchett 4-0 making breaks of 105, 70, 67 & 83 whilst Mitchell Mann made breaks of 56, 131 & 66 during his 4-0 win agaisnt Belan Sharif. Jackson Page won this evening 4-1 against Bash Maqsood making three 50+ breaks himself to keep his tour hopes alive.


42-year old David Lilley is going on another good run. He reached the penultimate round in both of the first two events and has now reached round four of the latest event after beating Ma Tingpeng 4-1. It would be an amazing story if he were to qualify as he has never been on tour before. There were also wins for 40somethings Leo Fernandez, Kristjan Helgason, Michael Judge and Simon Bedford.


Finally, There was unfortunately some disappointment for fans of Shane Castle as his Q School campaign came to an end for this year after losing 4-3 against Farakj Ajaib. He is currently 16th on the order of merit though so will be on the Challenge Tour.


Monday, 28th May

As this is the final event, it's do or die for all the players. Defeat now guarentees no place on tour next season. Thor Chuan Leong therefore ended Alex Borg's chance of an immediate return to the tour by beating him 4-1 with a high break of 80. Following players who have only dropped off tour last month, Adam Duffy recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2 against Wayne Townsend and Jamie Curtis-Barrett beat Jeff Cundy 4-1. Recent UK Championship semi finalist David Grace was beaten though by Ben Hancorn meaning he'll have to settle for the Challenge Tour next season should he qualify.


The wins kept on coming for former pro's Michael Judge, Luke Simmonds and Barry Pinches. Kristjan Helgason also won to keep his hopes of a tour return alive. Former Crucible qualifier Andrew Pagett was defeated 4-1 by James Cahill.


Jackson Page won again, this time beating Saqib Nasir 4-2. Frenchman Brian Ochoiski also won beating Andreas Ploner 4-2. Michael Williams came from 3-0 down to draw level against David Lilley with breaks of 51 & 66 but David won the decider with a break of 63.


The oldest player in this years' Q School, 68-year old Irishman Dessie Sheehan lost 4-0 to Andy Lee. Unfortunately, Dessie lost all three of his matches this year 4-0 without making a single break over 50. He also lost both of his matches last year 4-0 too... You have to admire his optimism!


Sunday, 27th May

Long Zehuang was the first winner of the day beating James Welch 4-1 making a century to win the match. Wins followed for former pro's Kuldesh Johal, Stefan Mazrocis and Adam Duffy.


Young Frenchman Brian Ochoiski won 4-2 against Imran Puri making breaks of 129 & 53. Wang ZePeng put in an excellent performance with breaks of 121, 61, 62 & 60 to beat Ryan Thomerson, who made a 75 of his own. Barry Pinches beat young German Umut Dikme 4-2, Mitchell Mann beat Daniel Womersley 4-2 whilst there were also wins for youngsters Joel Walker, Oliver Brown and Dylan Emery.


In an attempt to immediately regain his tour card, Fang Xiongman beat Marc J Davis 4-1. There were also comfortable wins this evening for Shane Castle, 4-0 against Jack Bradford, Michael Wild beat Ronan Whyte 4-0 and Farakh Ajaib beat George Pragnall 4-0. Finally former pro Steven Hallworth kept his tour return hopes alive as he beat William Lemons in a deciding frame.


Saturday, 26th May

Today marked the start of event three. Great starts for Steven Hallworth and Fang Xiongman. The former Steven Hallworth made breaks of 91, 61, 54 & 51 in a 4-0 win whilst the latter Fang made 50, 56 & 130 during a 4-0 win of his own. Another player who scored well today was Keith Keldie who made breaks of 62, 60 & 50 as he beat Shafaqut Hussain 4-3.


There was disappointment for Reanne Evans as she lost 4-3 to Matthew Glasby to end her hopes of gaining a tour card this year. James Silverwood was also defeated despite putting in a good performance with breaks of 122 & 67. He lost 4-3 to Dylan Craig. Christoper Keogan will also have to wait at least one more year after losing 4-3 to Brandon Sargeant.


After getting close in event two, Michael Judge got off to a good start in the final event winning 4-1 against John Whitty with breaks of 98 & 51. Former pro Luke Simmonds beat John Parkin 4-3 to keep his hopes of a tour return alive too. The highest quality match of the day was between Andrew Pagett and Louis Heathcote, Louis made breaks of 100 & 59 but it wasn't enough as he lost 4-1 with Andrew making breaks of 65 & 108.


Friday, 25th May

Starting off with the last 16, Adam Duffy made a century as he beat Kishan Hirani 4-1. Dechawat Poomjaeng put in another great performance, making breaks of 62, 77, 71 & 94 as he beat Michael Judge 4-2. Mitchell Mann came from 3-2 down to beat David Lilley 4-3 whilst there were also wins for Jordan Brown, Jamie Cope, Craig Steadman, Lu Ning and Zhao Xintong.


Final round results:


Jordan Brown 4-1 Jamie Cope

Craig Steadman 4-0 Adam Duffy

Lu Ning 4-2 Mitchell Mann

Zhao Xintong 4-1 Dechawat Poomjaeng


Jordan Brown returns to the pro tour after 8 years away as he beat Jamie Cope 4-1 making breaks of 71 & 77. Craig Steadman comfortably defeated Adam Duffy 4-0 with a high break of 52, Lu Ning produced breaks of 60 & 55 to beat Mitchell Mann 4-2 and therefore return to the tour after a two year absence. Finally it was to be an immediate return to the tour for the highly talented Zhao Xintong who beat Dechawat Poomjaeng 4-1 with 3 50+ breaks.


So it's congratulations to Jordan Brown, Craig Steadman, Lu Ning & Zhao Xintong. Everyone else will now go to event three which starts tomorrow.


Thursday, 24th May

It was a great start to the day for Jackson Page as he raced into a 3-1 lead making breaks of 57 and 117 but Kuldesh Johal produced an excellent comeback to win 4-3. Johal went on to lose his next match though 4-0 to Lu Ning. Zhao Xintong moved another slep closer to an immediate return to the tour as he won both of his matches today 4-1. Wasn't good news for David Grace fans though as he lost 4-2 to Craig Steadman.


Dechawat Poomjaeng looked in good form again as he won two matches today, the second of which contained a century break as he beat Louis Heathcote 4-1. Jamie Cope recovered from 2-0 down against Farakh Ajaib to win 4-2 and he will play James Cahill tomorrow who beat John Foster 4-1. There were more former pro's winning games today too as Adam Duffy, Lucky Vatnani and Andy Hicks all moved steps closer to a return to the tour.


Hong Kong player Andy Lee is just two wins away from joining fellow countryman Marco Fu on tour as he won two matches today. Andreas Ploner and David Lilley were also amongst players to win two matches today. Chen Zhe beat Michael Collumb earlier today 4-3 but lost in a deciding frame to Mitchell Mann tonight. Only one game left playing now, Michael Judge leads youngster Peter Devlin 3-0.


Wednesday, 23rd May

Q School event two is coming towards the end as we go into the last couple of days. Youngster Shane Castle started off the day in a good way, he defeated Callum Lloyd 4-1 making breaks of 74, 52, 81 & 114. There were also wins for players who have just dropped off tour in Zhao Xintong, Jamie Curtis-Barrett, David Grace, Adam Duffy and Craig Steadman.


Dechawat Poomjaeng continued his progress with a good 4-0 win making breaks of 84, 94 & 89. 20-year old Louis Heathcote was also in fine form, He made two 60+ breaks and a century as he beat Wang Yuchen 4-2. There were more young winners too as James Cahill beat Christopher Keogan 4-0, 17-year old Welshman Dylan Emery beat Brandon Hall 4-2 and Londoner Peter Devlin won 4-2 against Dylan Craig.


Onto the more experienced players, 43-year old Michael Judge beat Hu Hao 4-1 and made a century, Jamie Cope also made a century as he defeated Sergey Isaenko of Ukraine 4-1 whilst Andy Hicks did similar as he defeated Sean Maddocks 4-1.


So tomorrow we see the conclusion of round three followed by the whole of round four, at the end of the day knowing which 16 players will be playing on the final day of the event for the four tour cards.


Tuesday, 22nd May

Day 9 in Burton and today has seen plenty of former pro's show their class. David Grace won 4-0 making a 50+ break in each frame, Thor Chuan Leong also won 4-0 and he also made a century. Also, there were comfortable wins for Simon Bedford, Jamie Cope, Craig Steadman and Adam Duffy.


There were also wins today for the younger upcoming players. Polish Kacper Filipiak beat Ning Kang 4-0, James Cahill won 4-2 against Hans Blanckaert, Frenchman Brian Ochoiski won 4-1 and 18-year old German Umut Dikme won 4-0 making a couple of 50 breaks. There were also some youngsters defeated though, 16-year old Ross Bulman narrowly fell 4-3 to Fraser Patrick, Tyler Rees lost 4-1 to Kuldesh Johal and the youngest player at Q School, 12-year old Iulian Boiko made breaks of 68 & 50 but lost 4-2 to Jeff Cundy.


A few Chinese players stood out today with their performances too. Liu Jiaming made breaks of 84, 75, 60 & 53 as he won 4-0 against Jamie Trump. Wang ZePeng won having made breaks of 77 & 80 whilst Lu Ning was the star performer making two centuries and a 68. Hong Kong's Andy Lee also put in a great performance making breaks of 101, 85 & 82 as he won 4-0 against Dave Nelson.


Monday, 21st May

The first winner of the day was Fang Xiongman who won 4-0 making breaks of 86, 59 & 100. Another impressive display from a Chinese player followed shortly after as Wang ZePeng won 4-1 with breaks of 107, 56 & 74.


There were wins for youngsters Jackson Page and Shane Castle. Andy Marriott made breaks of 63, 69 & 70 but such is the standard he lost 4-3 to Lu Ning. Chen Zhe, a player who has just lost his tour card beat Barry Pinches' son Luke 4-3. Another player who has just fallen from the tour Zhao Xintong also won 4-3.


There were also wins for former pro's Jamie O'Neill, Dechawat Poomjaeng and Andy Hicks. Kristjan Helgason has also just won beating Simon Blackwell 4-3 whilst former world number 24 and Grand Prix semi finalist Michael Judge beat Adam Brown 4-1 making breaks of 71, 66 & 77 as he aims to return to the tour after 7 years away.


Sunday, 20th May

Well here we go again. Event two has got underway today as we anticipate who are to be the next four players to qualify for the tour!


The morning session saw both Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee lose out as well as American pool player Corey Deuel. Nephew of Stephen Hendry, James Cahill got off to a good start with a 4-0 win. There was also a good win for former world number 63 Simon Bedford, who won 4-0 against Joel Walker with breaks of 75 & 97.


David Grace came from 3-1 down against Steven Hallworth to win 4-3 in a match which included a century for David. Thor Chuan Leong and Lucky Vatnani both won and scored a century too. 19-year old Frenchman Brian Ochoiski wrapped up a 4-0 victory with a century of his own as he secured an average shot time of just 16.4 seconds.


There were plenty of different nationalities on display today. Wins for Maltese Alex Borg, Ukrainian Sergey Isaenko and German Felix Frede. There were also a few Irish winners today as former pro Leo Fernandez beat Andrew Milliard and there were also wins for 16-year old Ross Bulman and Aaron Holland. Finally Adam Duffy was comfortable winner, 4-0 over Barry Pinches.


Saturday, 19th May

During the penultimate round, Jordan Brown overcame James Cahill 4-1 whilst Jak Jones defeated Thor Chuan Leong 4-3 making a break of 86 in the decider. All the other matches finished 4-2, Sam Baird beat Adam Duffy making a break of 133 in the last frame. Hu Hao, Hammad Miah and Sam Craigie all made a century during their wins over Lu Ning, Ben Hancorn and David Lilley respectively. Haydon Pinhey made breaks of 67 & 70 but lost to Luke Simmonds and finally Dechawat Poomjaeng came from 2-0 down to defeat Geng Mingqi.


Onto the final round where a tour card was on offer for each winner:


Jak Jones 4-2 Jordan Brown

Sam Baird 4-2 Hu Hao

Hammad Miah 4-0 Luke Simmonds

Sam Craigie 4-0 Dechawat Poomjaeng


Sam Craigie came out firing despite the pressure making breaks of 78, 77 & 119 in the first three frames as he defeated Dechawat Poomjaeng. Hammad Miah also won comfortably against Luke Simmonds. Sam Baird defeated Hu Hao 4-2 to regain his tour card whilst Jak Jones recovered from 2-0 down to beat Jordan Brown making breaks of 50 & 58.


So the four winners of the tour cards are all players who dropped off the main tour only last month. They immediately get a chance to return to the tour for two years as they aim to break into the top 64 to avoid another trip to Q School. Event two starts tomorrow. Again, good luck to all the players and a big congratulations to Jak, Sam, Hammad & Sam.


Friday, 18th May

The penultimate day of Q School event one and we are down to 16 players. It was the end of the road for a few former pro's today, Jamie Cope lost 4-1 to Joel Walker... who then went on to lose his next match 4-3 against Ben Hancorn. There were also defeats for Kristjan Helgason and former ranking event Quarter Finalist Barry Pinches.


Reanne Evans one of a few players who had to play twice today. She won her first match 4-3 against Lee Daegyu but lost 4-1 to Hammad Miah who made breaks of 70 & 118. Fan favourite Dechawat Poomjaeng was another player who had to play twice today but he came through against opponents Brandon Sargeant and Leo Fernandez.


There was a very good quality match between Phil O'Kane and Haydon Pinney. Phil made two breaks of 62 but it wasn't enough as the 21-year old Haydon made breaks of 55, 114 & 86 to win 4-3. Another impressive performance came from Chinese player Hu Hao who made breaks of 69, 92, 70 & 53 to beat Ning Kang 4-2. There was more success for Chinese players too as Lu Ning and Geng Mingqi also reach the final day.


So tomorrow is the big day. 10am will see all 16 players play with the final round scheduled for 1pm. Good luck to all remaining players.


Thursday, 17th May

Less than 48 hours until we know the identity of the first four tour card winners and things are starting to heat up in Burton. I'll start the update by focusing on former Crucible qualifier Kristjan Helgason, who made breaks of 54, 52 & 100 to defeat Wang Yuchen 4-2 as he attempts to make an incredible return to the tour 14 years after he lost his card. Another former Crucible qualifier Dechawat Poomjaeng won his first match at this years Q School beating female player Nutcharut Wongharuthai 4-0. Dechawat has had a year away from the tour due to health reasons but is trying to regain his tour card.


There were also wins for Sam Craigie, Leo Fernandez, Thor Chuan Leong, Jak Jones, Sam Baird and Adam Duffy as they all hope to make an immediate return to the tour. However there were defeats for David Grace, Zhao Xintong and Fraser Patrick.


Performance of the day goes to Indian Laxman Rawat. He was 2-0 down to former pro Andrew Pagett but battled back brilliantly making breaks of 84, 73, 110 & 60 to win 4-2!


The youngest player competing at Q School this year, Ukrainian 12 year old Iulian Boiko lost his opening match 4-1 against Matthew Day. There were wins though for youngsters Sean Maddocks (16) & Chae Ross (17) as they hope to become the youngest players on tour.


Finally, former pro Barry Pinches has just completed the days action by beating Fang Xiongman in a deciding frame. Tomorrow we see the conclusion of rounds three and four, By the end of the day there'll be just 16 players left in Q School event one.


Wednesday, 16th May

Today has been a great day for most of the players who have only just lost their tour cards. Thor Chuan Leong, Fang Xiongman, Jak Jones, Zhao Xintong, Sam Baird, Adam Duffy, David Grace and Hammad Miah all showed their class to win, most of them with a comfortable scoreline.


The Father v Son battle was won by Father. Former pro Barry Pinches defeated his son Luke 4-1 in a match which failed to produce a 50+ break. Barry moves onto the next round where he will face Fang Xiongman whilst Luke can only prepare for another shot in event two.


There was an early exit for one of the favourites to qualify for the tour, Jackson Page as he lost 4-3 against 35 year old Ben Hancorn. There was a better result though for another favourite Jamie Cope as he made breaks of 92 & 66 as he defeated Adam Edge 4-2. Phil O'Kane made the highest break of the event so far... a very impressive 125 as he won 4-1 against Tugba Irten.


Finally there was good news again for the women's game as Reanne Evans won her first match defeating Anthony Jeffers 4-3 having been 3-1 down. Nutcharut Wonghairuthai plays her next match tomorrowing morning as round two draws to a close. Round three begins at 4pm.


Tuesday, 15th May

Day 2 at Q School. 2 x ranking event runner-up Jamie Cope began his Q School campaign with a 4-1 win over John Pritchett, The victory included a 106 break. There were also wins for former Crucible qualifiers Andy Hicks, Leo Fernandez and Kristjan Helgason.


Women's World Champion Ng On Yee was also in action today. She came from 3-0 down to draw level against Daniel Womersley but Daniel won the decider. There was a win though for 18 year old female player Nutcharut Wongharuthai, 4-1 over James Height. She will play Dechawat Poomjaeng in the next round. Multiple Women's World Champion Reanne Evans plays her first match tomorrow.


Another upcoming Chinese prospect? 18 year old Geng Mingqi beat Matthew Glasby 4-0 with breaks of 59, 65 & 90. Continuing the focus on young players, 17 year old Chae Ross beat Aussie Ryan Thomerson 4-3 whilst 16 year old Sean Maddocks beat Joshua Cooper 4-0.


Monday, 14th May

The day started well for the players who have just dropped off tour. Jamie Curtis-Barrett winning 4-1 against Hans Blanckaert making breaks of 55, 89 and 57. Former professional (nephew of legend Stephen Hendry) James Cahill followed shortly after with a 4-0 win.


There were also wins elsewhere for former pro's Fraser Patrick, Thor Chuan Leong and David Grace. Sam Baird and James Silverwood competed in the highest quality match so far, both players made a century break whilst James also made breaks of 97 and 71 but it wasn't enough as Sam came through 4-3.


Former pro Barry Pinches completed a routine 4-0 win over Dean Goddard with breaks of 66 and 88. This win was to be significant as it means he will face his son Luke in the next round! It will be the first meeting in competiton between father and son since Neal Foulds beat Geoff back in 1986.


There are still a few matches ongoing right now. Welsh 16 year old Jackson Page is currently level 1-1 with Simon Blackwell whilst Joel Walker currently leads former pro Stefan Mazrocis 2-0.

Biggest First Round Shocks Using 128 Format

Posted by SnookerInfo on November 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (9)

Following the unexpected defeat of Ding Junhui last night to amateur Adam Duffy, I thought I would look back at the most 'unexpected' victories (or defeats!) that have happened since the introduction of the 128 format.


Shaun Murphy 1-5 Alex Davies

Mark Selby 3-5 Andrew Pagett

(2013 Wuxi Classic)


The very first tournament to see the 128 format in use was the 2013 Wuxi Classic and straight away it threw up some unexpected results that simply were not possible in the previous format. Shaun Murphy won the first frame against Alex Davies and I'm sure at that point seemed like it was going to be a routine win, only for Alex Davies to win the next five frames to win the match 5-1 with a high break of just 50. Mark Selby also lost to Andrew Pagett after battling back from 2-0 behind to draw level at 2-2 before eventually losing 5-3.


Shaun Murphy 3-4 Robbie Williams

Judd Trump 3-4 Zhang Anda

(2013 Indian Open)


These two results perhaps are not as big a shocks because the format was only best of 7 and both matches went to a deciding frame. Shaun Murphy once against fell victim to the new format losing 4-3 to Robbie Williams. Shaun came back from 3-0 down to level at 3-3 before Robbie won the decider. Judd Trump also fell victim to a lower ranked player in this tournament losing 4-3 to a very much in form Zhang Anda, Who on the way to his famous victory made two century breaks.


Marco Fu 5-6 Mitchell Travis

(2013 UK Championship)


Probably the most memorable first round seeded losers came from this match. No one was expecting young amateur Mitchell Travis to beat Marco Fu here. Marco was never behind in the match until he lost the deciding frame. Mitchell went on to reach the last 32 before losing 6-1 to David Morris.


Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

(2014 German Masters)


This game was memorable for different reasons. Anyone who was watching the game as it progressed live wouldn't have been shocked to see Ronnie lose the match. The way he was playing was the probably the most shocking. Even by Ronnie's standards he was playing outrageous shots that some wouldn't even attempt on a practice table. He still however managed to take the game to a decider which, to Ronnie's delight was won by Thepchaiya.


Ding Junhui 0-5 Oliver Brown

(2014 Wuxi Classic)


Some of you may recall that Ding Junhui has had a similar experience to last night before. This one though, arguably even more of a shock. Five titles the previous season, First game of the new campaign you'd be forgiven for thinking that this would be a walkover for Ding playing against amateur (and relatively unknown) Oliver Brown. That was not the case however and Oliver Brown won all five frames to whitewash Ding 5-0.


Ding Junhui 5-6 Wang ZePeng

(2014 International Championship)


Ding Junhui certainly won't thank me for reminding him of these first round defeats, but here is yet another unexpected defeat shortly after the previous one. It was enough to send shockwaves through the world of snooker. Much closer this time but two centuries from opponent Wang ZePeng and a comfortable win in the deciding frame sealed Ding's fait once again.


Judd Trump 0-6 Michael Wild

(2015 International Championship)


Possibly the most surprising result of them all. Off the back of a Runners-Up prize in Shanghai, Judd was very much odds-on to beat Michael Wild in the first round of this years International Championship. Michael though showed he is a very capable player who should not be taken lightly making consecutive breaks of 63, 82 & 62 to extend his lead from 2-0 to 5-0. He also won the sixth frame to whitewash Judd Trump 6-0 to seal his place in Daqing. He eventually lost 6-0 to Sanderson Lam in the last 64.


So there are a few of the more surprising first round results since the introduction of the 128 format. The reason for this is certainly up for debate. Either players take the lesser ranked players for granted or the gap between the top and bottom of the professional game is closer than ever before. Maybe both reasons are true, who knows?


One thing we do know for sure is... There are many more surprise results to come in the future!

Players to Look Out for at AT 1

Posted by SnookerInfo on October 17, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (6)

Asian Tour - Event One starts in Haining, China on Monday. It is currently set to be the only Asian Tour event this season after the cancellation of an event earlier in the season. This means that there is a great opportunity for anyone who goes on a good run, to qualify for the Players Championship Grand Finals and/or grab themselves a spot on the main tour for the next two seasons.


Often when the Asian Tour events come around, there a lot of local names in the draw that many of even the biggest snooker followers will not be too familiar with. The aim of this blog is to guide you into following a select few players who I think are worth looking closely at by looking at some of their past results and performances.


Hu Hao - Hu has some beaten some very high rated professionals playing in the Asian Tour events. In 2012 he beat Ryan Day 4-2 in APTC2 before reaching the Quarter Finals of APTC3 beating Xiao Guodong on the way before losing 4-1 to Tom Ford in the last 8. Hu continued his good form in 2013 by reaching the last 32 and the last 16 of APTC events beating more notable Chinese players Jin Long & Zhao Xintong and also narrowly losing out 4-3 to Cao Yupeng.


Chen Zifan - Chen reached the Quarter Finals of the 2013 Asian Tour event three beating fellow Chinese amatuers on his way before losing to Xiao Guodong. Chen has also featured as a wildcard in a number of ranking events in China, winning some of them too. He beat Sanderson Lam 5-3 in the 2014 World Open before losing 5-0 to Judd Trump and beat Scott Donaldson 5-3 in the 2014 Wuxi Classic before losing 5-0 to Joe Perry. Chen then went on to reach the last 16 of an AT event last season beating Ross Muir on the way before losing to an in-form Mark Williams 4-1.


Cai Jianzhong - Cai featured as a wildcard in China Open events in the early 2000's. Losing 5-2 to Bjorn Haneveer in 2000, 5-3 to Nick Walker in 2002 and 5-3 to Michael Holt in 2005. He again lost 5-3 to Michael Holt in the 2011 Shanghai Masters. His best run in an Asian tour event came at the 2014 AT4, he reached the Semi Finals beating Chinese amatuers on the way before beating Gary Wilson 4-1 in the Quarters. He then lost 4-2 to Stuart Bingham in the Semi's. Last season was very much unsuccessful for him though winning just one match in three Asian Tour events.


Cao Kaisheng - Cao has also featured in a number of wildcard matches before the Asian tour events started but was hugely unsuccessful in them never winning more than one frame. He entered his first APTC event in 2012 where he reached the last 16 impressively beating Stephen Maguire 4-0 on the way. In 2014 he beat another top professional in Michael Holt 4-2 before losing 4-1 to Kurt Maflin in the following round.


Lin Shuai - Lin entered his first event in 2012. He reached the last 16 of APTC event one beating Mark King on the way. Later that season he beat Jimmy White 4-2 in another APTC event. He appeared as a wildcard in the 2013 Shanghai Masters where he beat Andrew Higginson 5-4 but then lost 5-2 to Mark Selby. He then reached the last 16 of Asian Tour event four in the same season again beating Jimmy White on the way. Last season he again reached the last 16 of an event this time beating Zhang Anda and Lu Ning before losing 4-2 to Peter Ebdon.


Chen Feilong - Chen won a wildcard match in the 2012 Shanghai Masters against Fergal O'Brien 5-2 before losing to Neil Robertson 5-2. He had since not pulled off any results to write home about until the 2014 AT 1, where he beat both Martin Gould and John Higgins before losing to Dechawat Poomjaeng in the last 32. 


So that concludes my first official blog. I apologize if I missed anyone out that you think deserved a mention. I did try to avoid posting about players who are likely to be known or have been a professional at some point. I hope you will now follow the above players at the Haining Open, I know I will and I hope they do well, mainly so I don't look stupid!


Hope you enjoyed, goodbye for now!

New Features!

Posted by SnookerInfo on July 6, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi all, first of all, welcome to my new blog!


After the World Championship, I said that there will be some new features coming soon but I have since been busy so have only had time to do my regular updates. I now have access to internet in my room so therefore I can update my site whenever I like and don't have to wait for others in my house to finish!


As you might have guessed, a blog is one of the new features on my site. I will be posting blogs every now and then about different things in the snooker world, most of the time it will probably be linked to centuries and the future stars of the game.


Other features I hope to add soon include:

 

  • Unique ranking pages - Ranking pages that hold no significance to anything, just for fun. They will all be unique (hopefully) to my site and you won't be able to find them anywhere else!
  • Updated season by season centuries pages - I added this feature a long time ago and added the first few seasons but then never got round to completing it. This time I will be adding other stats (not just how many centuries per player, per season) to the tables.

So there it is, I hope you like the new features and I will try to add them as soon as I get some free time. In the mean time, thank you for visiting my site and I hope you will continue to return!

 


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