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Professional Snooker - 2016 International Championship Qualifying

29th September - 1st October / Guild Hall, Preston, England


Mark Allen and Barry Hawkins are the only members of the World's Top 16 (of those whom entered) who will not be present for the venue stages of the 5th International Championship in Daqing, China later this month.

​Despite a spirited comeback after going 5-1 down, 2014 Runner-Up Allen was defeated 6-5 at the hands of Daniel Wells. World Number 16 Hawkins loses out on valuable prize money points after being eliminated by Lee Walker 6-4.

Neil Robertson produced a fine recovery by winning the last three frames to oust Sam Craigie 6-5. Ronnie O'Sullivan was also made to work as he eventually got the better of James Cahill 6-4, despite having a 5-1 lead.

Judd Trump (100 & 127 breaks) and Shaun Murphy (130 break) beat Hossein Vafaei Ayouri and Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn 6-2 respectively.

Having missed out on qualifying for Romania earlier in the week, Stuart Bingham, Joe Perry and Mark Williams (126 break) got back on track to progress.

Ricky Walden, Marco Fu and Ali Carter were the other members of the World's elite to advance. Fu made at least a half century break in every frame he won in a 6-1 defeat of Andy Hicks, whilst Carter rattled in efforts of 122, 128 and 107 when eliminating Chen Zhe 6-4. Chen himself also made a 130.

Defending champion John Higgins, World Champion and Number 1 Mark Selby and China's top two players Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo have all had their Last 128 matches held over to the venue.

The host nation will have plenty of representation in the draw as Zhou Yuelong, Zhao Xintong, Wang Yuchen, Yan Bingtao, Xiao Guodong, Tian Pengfei and Li Hang all won. As well as the wildcard sections, Mei Xi Wen is also due to face Wenbo. 

Giving the tournament an international flavour, Luca Brecel (Belgium), Robin Hull (Finland), James Wattana / Akani Songsermsawad (Thailand), Kurt Maflin (Norway) and Aditya Mehta (India) were all successful in Preston.

The venue stages of the 2016 International Championship will take place at the Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre between 23rd-30th October. Out of the four previous editions, we have seen four different winners and eight different finalists. The winner will receive £125,000.

For the qualifying results, and the main draw, pleasevisit snooker.org's dedicated tournament page here.

Written and published by Michael Day on the 2nd October 2016

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