Julien Leclercq won a match for the first time since turning professional earlier this year, beating Stuart Carrington 4-1 to qualify for the final stages of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open.
Belgium’s 19-year-old Leclercq underlined his potential when he won the WPBSA Q Tour play-off in May to earn a two year tour card, and he can now look forward to his first appearance in the final stages of a knockout ranking event in Belfast in October. Carrington made a break of 136 in the second frame for 1-1, but Leclercq took the last three frames with a top run of 85.
BetVictor Welsh Open champion Joe Perry made four breaks in the 50s as he won a hard-fought battle with Matthew Stevens by a 4-3 scoreline. Mark King made breaks of 79 and 88 in the last two frames as he came from 3-2 down to beat Oliver Lines 4-3.
Daniel Wells lost to Adam Duffy in the final round of Q School earlier this year, but the Welsh amateur took some measure of revenge in a rematch today with a 4-0 win.
Pang Junxu, Rookie of the Year in 2021, fired runs of 75 and 97 in a 4-2 win over Steven Hallworth, while Anthony McGill eased to a 4-1 success over Peng Yisong.
The BetVictor Northern Ireland Open at the Belfast Waterfront runs from October 16-23. Mark Allen will be defending the title, with the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and John Higgins also in the field. For ticket details click here.