Jimmy White and Ken Doherty scored two superb victories in Barnsley to book their places in the final stages of the BetVictor Welsh Open, both swapping the mic for the cue after taking a break from punditry duties down south at Alexandra Palace.
White’s 4-0 win over Craig Steadman sees him continue his fine form so far this season. The 60-year-old came through four qualifying rounds to reach the final stages of the UK Championship in November last year. He also negotiated two qualifying rounds to secure a slot in the upcoming BetVictor German Masters.
The ten-time ranking event winner composed breaks of 67, 57 and 55 this morning, on his way to the whitewash victory.
Doherty was pitted against former Shoot Out winner Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in his qualifying tie. The Darling of Dublin had led 3-2, before a break of 69 saw Un-Nooh force a deciding frame. However, it was 1997 Crucible king Doherty who held his nerve to secure a trip to Llandudno with a 4-3 win.
Welsh amateur Daniel Wells sealed his progression thanks to a a 4-2 win over Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng. Wells has already enjoyed an impressive season as he pursues a return to the professional ranks, having made the last 16 of the European Masters. He top scored today with a run of 102 on his way to the win.
Scotland’s Anthony McGill narrowly edged out Germany’s Lukas Kleckers 4-3 to book his place in the final stages, while Australia’s Ryan Thomerson beat Welshman Andrew Pagett 4-2.
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