World number one Mark Selby secured his place in the final stages of the International Championship with a 6-1 win over Eden Sharav at the qualifying round in Barnsley.
Selby pulled out of the recent Shanghai Masters following the death of his father-in-law, but made a successful return to the circuit with a dominant display against Scotland’s Sharav. Breaks of 78 and 118 were the highlights as Leicester’s Selby ensured a trip to Daqing in China in late October.
Allen -pushed all the way
Mark Allen, runner-up in this event last year, survived a tough battle against Scott Donaldson, winning 6-5. Allen came from 3-2 down to lead 5-3 with breaks of 83, 142 and 72 but Donaldson recovered to 5-5 and had a chance in the decider but missed the last red. Allen cleared to the pink to secure his place in the final stages.
New Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson kept his hot streak going with a 6-1 win over Thor Chuan Leong, compiling runs of 55 and 92.
Mark Williams saw off Nigel Bond 6-3 with top runs of 59, 53, 66 and 82 while China’s Cao Yupeng top scored with 102 in a 6-2 win over Liam Highfield.
Six Red World Champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh edged out Hammad Miah 6-5, making a break of 104 in the deciding frame.
Ross Muir won an epic tartan tussle against Alan McManus which lasted six hours and 13 minutes. McManus came from 5-2 down to 5-5 and led 56-14 in the decider, only for Muir to fight back and win it with a brown to black clearance.