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Williams Downs Wattana To Progress

Williams is through to the last 16, but was made to work for his place by local hero Wattana

Mark Williams defeated Thai legend James Wattana 5-3 to book his spot in the knockout stages of the Sangsom Six Red World Championhip in Bangkok.

Two-time World Champion Williams has started the 2017/18 season strongly, having reached the semi-finals at the Riga Masters and the last eight at the China Championship. Following a 5-1 defeat of Soheil Vahedi yesterday, his win this evening over three-time ranking event winner Wattana secures his place in the last 16.

With the scores locked at 3-3 Williams won a pivotal seventh frame on the black, before the Welshman claimed the final frame to  progress. Mark King also secured his passage from group G with a 5-3 defeat of Vahedi.

Defending champion Ding Junhui kept alive his hopes of qualification from group A with a 5-3 win over compatriot Lyu Haotian. China’s number one beat Stuart Bingham on the final black to lift the title last year, but lost his opening tie yesterday against home favourite Noppon Saengkham.

Ding now knows that he has to beat Tom Ford in his final group tie to progress. Ford must also win to qualify, he lost out 5-4 to Saengkham today who booked his place in the last 16.

Marco Fu is on the verge of qualification from group H after a 5-2 win over recent Paul Hunter Classic champion Michael White. The Welshman will face fellow countryman Darren Morgan as he bids to reach the last 16. Fu faces Ben Woollaston, with all four players maintaining a mathematical chance of qualification.

Akani Songsermsawad secured a fine victory on home soil, beating 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham 5-1 and Stephen Maguire overcame Kamal Chawla 5-4 to maintain his 100% record in group E.

For full results click here. For group tables click here.