Ken Doherty continued his fine form with a 4-2 defeat of Ali Carter at Indian Open qualifying in Preston.
The Darling of Dublin dropped off the tour at the end of last season, but he’s making the most of an invitational tour card which has allowed him to retain his professional status. Doherty went on a run to the last four of the first event of the season at the Riga Masters.
Carter claimed the silver medal at last week’s World Games in Wroclaw, after being pipped by Kyren Wilson in the final. He will now miss out on a trip to India after today’s loss.
Breaks of 40 and 45 helped the Irishman to establish an early 2-1 advantage. It was soon 3-1, before the Captain pegged back the 1997 World Champion with a break of 61 to move within one. However, that came too late as Doherty got over the line with a 4-2 victory.
16-year-old Jackson Page is impressively through to India after recording a quick-fire 4-0 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
The Welshman took just over an hour to complete the victory and made breaks of 47, 42 and 51 along the way.
In contrast Anthony Hamilton had to come through a marathon battle with Malta’s Alex Borg to secure his passage with a tense 4-3 win.
The Sheriff of Pottingham led 3-1, but Borg managed to claw his way back to force a decider, including a re-spotted black in the fifth frame. Eventually Hamilton managed to get himself over the line in just under four hours.
Matthew Selt managed to complete a superb comeback victory, after fighting from 3-0 down to defeat Chen Zhe 4-3. The Englishman compiled runs of 48, 42 and 53 as he turned the tie around.
Tom Ford put on a fine performance to dispatch European Amateur Champion Chris Totten 4-0 and progress to India. The Leicester potter crafted breaks of 67, 53, 66 and 42 as he whitewashed the Scot.
Iran’s Soheil Vahedi put on a fine display to stun world number 17 Martin Gould 4-1. World Amateur Champion Vahedi is making his debut on tour this season and made breaks of 71, 62 and 55 in the win.
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