Ali Carter secured a comfortable 5-2 defeat of Ross Muir at China Championship qualifying in Preston to reach the final stages of the event.
It was a meeting of two players who shared magical moments at German Masters qualifying last December. Within minutes of each other both Carter and Muir made maximum 147 breaks in their respective ties.
On this occasion it was Carter who displayed his break building power. The Captain compiled runs of 52,98,103 and 84 on his way to the win.
World number five Barry Hawkins staged a dramatic fightback to overturn a 4-0 deficit and beat John Astley 5-4.
Hawkins had looked to be on the verge of a whitewash defeat, as Astley took the opening four frames with a top run of 69. However, with the finish line in sight for his opponent, the Hawk took flight. Breaks of 96, 104, 56 and 56 helped the World Grand Prix champion to an unlikely victory.
Ian Preece recorded a shock 5-0 whitewash of three time ranking winner Ricky Walden to clinch his place in China.
The loss ends a difficult week in Preston for Walden, who was also whitewashed in Riga Masters qualifying 4-0 against Cao Yupeng. The highlight of the match for Welshman Preece was a century contribution of 100 in the third frame.
Anthony Hamilton recovered from defeat in Riga Masters qualifying by beating Robin Hull 5-3 to secure his China Championship spot.