Aaron Hill followed up his career-best Wuhan Open run by earning a place in the final stages of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open with a 4-1 defeat of David Lilley.
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Last week in China, Hill reached the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the first time before a narrow 5-4 defeat against Wu Yize. And the 21-year-old Irishman can look forward to another trip to the televised stages as he’ll be at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the second event in the BetVictor Home Nations series. The tournament runs from October 22-29.
Breaks of 92 and 53 helped Hill to sink Lilley and he’ll now meet Fan Zhengyi in the last 64.
Marco Fu compiled breaks of 133 and 104 in a 4-2 defeat of Jamie Jones, while BetVictor English Open quarter-finalist Matthew Selt saw off Andy Lee 4-1.
Former World Champion Graeme Dott top scored with 98 in a 4-0 win over Oliver Lines, while Joe Perry wrapped up a 4-2 win over Ishpreet Singh Chadha with a run of 102.