Former Shoot Out champion Michael Holt is just one match away from an immediate return to the World Snooker Tour, after beating Hong Kong’s Ka Wai Cheung 4-3 to reach the final round of Q School event three in Sheffield.
Holt will now face fellow former professional John Astley in the quarter-finals, who himself needed a final frame decider to beat Ian Martin 4-3. The semi-finalists will claim the last four remaining spots on the professional circuit, with each qualifier receiving a two-year tour card.
Englishmen Haydon Pinhey and Jenson Kendrick will do battle to gain maiden tour places. Pinhey beat Farakh Ajaib 4-3 on the final black to make the last eight, while Kendrick emerged a 4-2 victor against George Pragnall.
Germany’s Lukas Kleckers beat Norway’s former Crucible quarter-finalist Kurt Maflin 4-1 to reach the final round. He now faces Scotland’s Ross Muir, who beat Sunny Akani 4-1.
James Cahill and Zhao Jianbo will clash for a place on the World Snooker Tour, they clinched their spots on the final day with 4-3 wins over Florian Nussle and Steven Hallworth respectively.
The final day of Q School action gets underway at 10am. For live scores click here
Michael Holt vs John Astley
Haydon Pinhey vs Jason Kendrick
Lukas Kleckers vs Ross Muir
James Cahill vs Zhao Jianbo