White Fights Back to Reach Shanghai
Michael White produced the most dramatic of comebacks in Barnsley, as he pipped Jimmy Robertson to a place at the Shanghai Masters.
Robertson raced to a 4-1 advantage thanks to breaks of 74, 69 and 71. However, White staged an unlikely turnaround. The Welshman took the sixth and seventh frame to keep the game alive at 4-3. Robertson looked set to claim the match when he made a contribution of 54 in the eighth, only for White to snatch the frame on the black with a counter clearance of 59. In keeping with the tension that preceded it, the final frame went down to a re-spotted black. It was White who made it to clinch his place in Shanghai.
Things were far more clear cut for Anthony McGill in his clash with Paul Davison. Scotland’s McGill made breaks of 99, 50,89 and 42 on his way to a 5-0 whitewash.
Michael Holt produced a strong performance to see off Mark King 5-2. The Hitman made breaks of 136,110 and 86 on his way to the win.
Ben Woollaston beat Jack Lisowski to a spot in China. The 25-year-old Lisowski had led 3-1 thanks to visits of 66 and 86. However, Woollaston forced his way back into the match and made breaks of 60 and 76 to secure a 5-4 win.
Robert Milkins recovered from 2-0 down against Adam Duffy to book his place in Shanghai. Having previously knocked out last week’s 147 hero Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Duffy started well with a break of 79 in the second to pull two clear. However, Milkins responded with runs of 48,46 and 54 on his way to moving 4-3 in front. Duffy forced a decider, but it was Milkins who got over the line to seal a 5-4 win.
World number 17 Martin Gould was forced to qualify for Shanghai after Ali Carter’s World Open victory bumped him out of the top 16. However, Gould made light work of 2003 UK Championship winner Matthew Stevens. The 34-year-old Gould eased to a 5-0 win.
Stephen Maguire was another big name qualifier in Barnsley. The Scot gained his place at the Shanghai Masters thanks to a 5-2 defeat of Andrew Higginson. Maguire did trail 2-1, however he reeled off four frames on the bounce to secure the win.
Stuart Carrington had to win the final three frames to get past Belgian Luca Brecel. Carrington continued his fine form this week to battle back and win 5-4.
One of the standout results of the day saw Mei Xiwen whitewash 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott. Xiwen had to enter at the first qualifying round, but never looked troubled by the world number 26. He made a break of 100 in the third frame on his way to a 5-0 victory.
Jamie Jones dug deep to overcome Alan McManus in a three-and-a-half-hour battle. The Welshman Jones had trailed 2-0 and 4-3, however on both occasions he fought back and sealed a 5-4 victory.
Michael Holt 5-2 Mark King
Liang Wenbo 5-4 Zhang Anda
Scott Donaldson 5-4 Peter Ebdon
Anthony McGill 5-0 Paul Davison
Ben Woollaston 5-4 Jack Lisowski
Michael White 5-4 Jimmy Robertson
Robert Milkins 5-4 Adam Duffy
Stephen Maguire 5-2 Andrew Higginson
Jamie Jones 5-4 Alan McManus
David Gilbert 5-2 Ian Preece
Kurt Maflin 5-4 Mark Davis
Matthew Selt 5-0 Hammad Miah
Ryan Day 5-1 Nigel Bond
Mei Xiwen 5-0 Graeme Dott
Stuart Carrington 5-4 Luca Brecel
Martin Gould 5-0 Matthew Stevens