Amateur Snooker - 2015 IBSF World Amateur Championship (Men’s)
9th-21st November 2015 / Sunrise Select Hotel, Hurghada, Egypt
FAVOURED PLAYERS NAVIGATE PRELIMINARY KO'S
Local player Mohamed Khairy was in fine form as he secured his place in the Last 64 which begins Wednesday.
Khairy, a two time African Championship runner-up, has previously competed as a professional on the World Snooker circuit; although much of his participation was hampered with visa issues.
However, the 33 year old may be back on a road to the big time, as he posted breaks of 51, 73 and 58 in a 4-1 win over fellow countryman Mohamed Youssef.
Multi-time Bahrain national champion, Habib Subah, also has experience on the sport's top tier. He would have been pleased with a relatively comfortable victory over Alaa Elsaed, aided with a top effort of 63.
Monday's preliminary round knockout action also featured promising German youngster Lukas Kleckers. He kept his dreams alive with a brace of half centuries in beating Hong Kong's Chau Hon Man.
Alex Taubman (Wales), who was close to a maximum break in the group stages when missing the yellow on 120, is still in the hunt for the ultimate prize after a 4-2 success over another home player in Khalid Kamali.
Despite feinting during his match due the hot conditions, Scotland's Gary Thomson recovered to oust his match against Austrian Dominik Scherubl.
Results - Last 88 (breaks in brackets on the side of the relevant player)
Khaled Farag (Egypt) 4-1 Mostafa Dorgham (Egypt)
Jerome Liedtke (Austria) 2-4 (97) Khalid Kamali (UAE)
Alex Taubman (Wales) (63) 4-2 Mohamed Hedman (Egypt)
Hesham Shawky (Egypt) (87) 2-4 Antti Mannila (Finalnd)
Richard Halliday (South Africa) (53) 4-2 Abdul Mutalieb Allie (South Africa)
Alijalil Ali (Iraq) 4-1 Keishin Kamihashi (Japan)
Ali Hussein (Iraq) 3-4 John Kennish (Isle of Man)
Lim Chun Kiat (Singapore) 4-1 James Mifsud (Australia)
Saeed Abooyesani (Iran) 1-4 Bashar Abdulmajeed (Qatar)
Mohamed Ibrahim (Egypt) 1-4 (68) Adrian Ridley (Australia)
Lin Tang Ho (Hong Kong) 4-1 Khaled Alastal (Palestine)
Mohamed Youssef (Egypt) 1-4 (51, 73, 58) Mohamed Khairy (Egypt)
Tamer Waheed (Egypt) 0-4 (58, 70) Ryan Causton (England)
Abdelrahman Abdelhamid (Egypt) 1-4 (86, 87) Aaron Busuttil (Malta)
Ang Boon Chin (Singapore) 2-4 Yaser Elsherbiny (Egypt)
Gary Thomson (Scotland) 4-3 Dominik Scherubl (Austria)
David Cassidy (Ireland) 3-4 (70) Antti Tolvanen (Finland)
Tymour Hussien (Egypt) 1-4 (53) Peter Bullen (Belgium)
Ahmed Aly Elsayed (USA) 3-4 Karim Elabd (Egypt)
Omar Alajlani (Saudi Arabia) (51) 4-2 (58) Shahram Changezi (Pakistan)
Greg Casey (Ireland) 4-2 Mostafa Gebely (Egypt)
Ahmed Samir (Egypt) 0-4 (72) Ryan Thomerson (Australia)
Habib Subah (Bahrain) (63) 4-1 Alaa Elsaed (Egypt)
Lukas Kleckers (Germany) (78,50) 4-1 Chau Hoon Man (Hong Kong)
Written and published by Michael Day on 17th November 2015