Pang Junxu and Long Zehuang topped their respective groups at the BetVictor Championship League – Ranking event at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.
Coming through the CBSA China Tour, Long settled into life on the professional circuit well, with victory over the five-time ranking event winner Ali Carter and a draw against Jackson Page to start strongly in group 7.
Page’s second match saw him secure three points against Ryan Davies, meaning he had to beat Carter 3-0 in his final match to overcome Long, who beat Davies 3-0. Page could only manage a 2-2 draw with Carter and finished second in the group.
Group 24 promised to deliver plenty with the likes of Pang, Wu Yize, Stan Moody, and Hammad Miah all vying for a spot in Winners’ Week.
China’s Pang stepped up in his opening match to quickly dispatch Moody 3-0. He continued on that trajectory with a win against Miah and set up a group decider against compatriot Wu to close out the evening session. Pang ended the day with three wins from three, defeating Wu 3-1 in the final match.
Robert Milkins enters in Group 8 tomorrow alongside Dominic Dale, Muhammad Asif, and Alex Taubman, whilst Fan Zhengyi, Sam Craigie, Fergal O’Brien, and Ahmed Elsayed line-up in Group 23.