Ricky Walden scored four breaks over 50 in a 4-1 win over Fraser Patrick to reach the final stages of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open.
The qualifying round runs until Friday this week in Leicester, with places at the Waterfront Hall at stake – the televised phase to take place in October.
Walden looked sharp at last week’s matchroom.live British Open, beating John Higgins on his way to the quarter-finals, and he kept his momentum going today as runs of 57, 81, 58 and 62 helped him to a comfortable victory.
Oliver Lines was in fine form against Joe Perry, winning 4-2 with top breaks of 76, 117 and 73.
Lukas Kleckers reached the last 16 last week, but this time he was on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline against Ben Woollaston, whose top break was 75.
Mark King knocked in runs of 85, 52 and 75 in a 4-2 win over Li Hang while Duane Jones edged out Zhang Jiankang 4-3 with a top break of 104.