Duelbits Players Championship 2023 | Wolverhampton

Walden Earns Beijing Trip

Ricky Walden battled to a much-needed 5-4 win over Barry Pinches to qualify for the final stages of the China Open.

Walden had won just two matches in the first five ranking events of the season but the world number 11 managed to avoid a surprise defeat against Pinches at the qualifying round in Barnsley.

Chester’s Walden, who has won three ranking events in China, made breaks of 63, 90 and 75 as the first eight frames were shared. He then won a tense decider 58-15 to book a place in Beijing.

Peter Ebdon came from 3-1 down to beat Michael Georgiou 5-4 in a four hour 39 minute marathon. Ebdon took the decider 68-31.

Michael White made a break of 64 in the last frame to beat Craig Steadman 5-4 while International Championship finalist David Gilbert came from 3-1 and 4-3 down to edge out Duane Jones 5-4.

Gary Wilson, who was runner-up to Mark Selby in Beijing last year, saw off Paul Davison 5-1, while Matthew Selt came from 2-0 down to beat Jamie Cope 5-2, making runs of 82, 73 and 70 in the last three frames.

The qualifiers at the Barnsley Metrodome continue on Wednesday and Thursday and access for fans is FREE – there is no need to book, just turn up. For the match schedule click here.