Lisowski Earns Fürth Berth
Jack Lisowski secured his place in the final stages of the BetVictor European Masters with a 5-2 defeat of Germany’s Simon Lichtenberg at qualifying in Cannock.
Gloucestershire cueman Lisowski top scored with a break of 138 in today’s encounter. The 30-year-old is a six-time ranking event finalist, but is still searching for maiden silverware. Lisowski will be seeking to rectify that when he travels to Fürth in Germany for the final stages in February.
Scotland’s world number 115 Fraser Patrick stunned 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham to win 5-3. It’s Patrick’s second win on the circuit since regaining his professional status at Q School earlier this year. He has also qualified for next week’s BetVictor English Open.
Patrick had trailed 3-1 this evening, but claimed the last four frames to seal a trip to Germany. He made breaks of 55 and 80 en route to victory.
Former Crucible semi-finalist Andy Hicks edged a back and forth clash with Craig Steadman 5-4 to qualify. The Devon cueman crafted contributions of 56, 73 and 83 on his way to the win.
World number 17 Zhou Yuelong beat six-time Crucible finalist Jimmy White 5-2 and Louis Heathcote defeated 12-time women’s World Champion Reanne Evans 5-2.
Norwegian number one Kurt Maflin fired in a 141 break on his way to a 5-2 win over Allan Taylor, while Mark Davis beat Robert Milkins 5-3.
Qualifying continues on Thursday in Cannock.