Michael White came through a tough battle against Germany’s Richard Wienold at Q School event two in Sheffield, winning 4-2 to reach the last 64.
Former Indian Open, Shoot Out and Paul Hunter Classic champion White was relegated from the tour last year and must reach the semi-finals of one of the two remaining Q School events to be sure of regaining a tour card.
He looked in danger of an early exit when Wienold made a break of 87 to lead 2-1, but Welshman White took the next two frames on the colours, then made a 52 in the next as he set up a third round match with Ben Fortey.
Former Crucible quarter-finalist Patrick Wallace made the highest break of the event so far, 138, as he saw off Adam Duffy 4-2.
Russia’s top player Ivan Kakovskii compiled runs of 60, 75 and 112 in an impressive 4-2 defeat of Hans Blanckaert. Japan’s Keishin Kamihashi came from 2-1 down to edge out Neal Jones 4-3.
Fight back of the day came from Latvia’s Rodion Judin as he recovered a 3-0 deficit to beat Manasawin Phetmalaikul 4-3 with a top break of 81.
Former pro Sean O’Sullivan top scored with 53 in a 4-1 win over Liam Davies. Michael Judge, a quarter-finalist at the Grand Prix back in 2004, beat Sergey Isaenko 4-0 with top runs of 76, 75 and 55.
Event two runs until Monday.