James Cahill booked his place in the penultimate day of Q School event two with a 4-1 win over Martin O’Donnell in Sheffield.
Cahill is seeking a return to the World Snooker Tour, having dropped off the circuit at the conclusion of the 20/21 campaign. The Blackpool cueman is renowned for his ability to perform on the big occasion and became the first amateur to compete at the Crucible when he qualified for the 2019 World Championship. Cahill beat Ronnie O’Sullivan before bowing out in the last 16.
At times Cahill, who has also landed wins over the likes of Ding Junhui and Mark Selby at the UK Championship, has struggled to convert his big match prowess into performances against lesser opposition. He failed to come through Q School 12 months ago and lost his second match in event one this year.
After establishing a 2-1 lead this afternoon, Cahill crafted breaks of 78 and 61 to get himself over the line. He faces Ross Bulman up next.
Former Shoot Out champion Michael Georgiou progressed with a 4-2 win over Daniel Womersley. He faces a tough tie against Andrew Higginson in round four. Higginson defeated Ukraine’s Iulian Boiko 4-1 this morning.
Michael Holt edged to a nervy 4-3 win over Sean Harvey, while Belgian teenager Ben Mertens scored a 4-0 victory against Alfie Davies.
Event two runs until Friday, with the four semi-finalists to earning two-year tour card.