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Professional Snooker - 2016 Shanghai Masters Qualifying (Day 1)

30th August - 2nd September 2016 / Metrodome, Barnsley, England


Players from 16 different nations took part during Day 1 of 2016 Shanghai Masters qualification at the Metrodome in Barnsley.

Structured to the old 'tiered' qualifying system, Tuesday's competitors sat 67th or lower in the World Ranking list, and would have to win four matches in as many days to reach the Grand Stage venue in China.

Morning Session 

Pakistani pro Hamza Akbar recovered from 3-1 and 4-2 down to oust Zak Surety 5-4 during the morning session. Akbar, the 2015 Asian Champion, began his professional career slowly, but has started to get positive results in recent events. He also made a 128 break in Frame 5.

Another Asian starting to produce the goods in major tournaments is Malaysia's Thor Chaun Leong. In beating opponent Christopher Keogan 5-3, he gained revenge for his 4-0 loss to Keogan in Furth a few days ago.

There was a hat-trick of Chinese victories - Zhang Anda crafted a break of 102 in comfortably dispatching the returning Aditya Mehta (India) 5-0, Zhao Xintong saw off Liam Highfield 5-1 and Chen Zhe recorded his first success of the season when beating Michael Wild 5-2.

A quarter-finalist at last weekend's Paul Hunter Classic, Jimmy White was eliminated 5-2 by Welshman Daniel Wells; himself a player in form after a run to the Last 16 of July's World Open.

Sean O'Sullivan (England) and Ross Muir (Scotland) advanced, as did Scott Donaldson (Scotland), Paul Davison (England) and Lee Walker (Wales) courtesy of deciding frame outcomes. 

Afternoon Session

Just one of the 2.30pm fixtures went all the way - promising Thai youngster Akani Songsermsawad building on his Quarter-Final run in India by beating Alex Borg (Malta) 5-4.

Veteran James Wattana has had a solid start to yet another campaign; he continued this vein when defeating Sydney Wilson 5-1.

Despite setting the high break bar at 134, and a trio of 65 pluses, Sam Craigie lost 5-3 to the experienced Andy Hicks; who is currently of amateur status.

16 year-old Chinese cueist Yan Bingtao potentially has a big future ahead of him - he eased past Noppon Saengkham (Thailand) 5-0. Eden Sharav (Scotland) also didn't drop a frame in navigating Fang Xiongman (China).

Q-School graduate Jamie Barrett chalked up his first ever pro win, whilst Chris Wakelin, Adam Duffy, Ian Preece, Craig Steadman and Allan Taylor also progressed.

Evening Session

Martin O'Donnell was the highest ranked player having to start at Stage One. He breezed through with flying colours, though, registering runs of 84, 90 and 56 in beating Brazil's Itaro Santos 5-0.

Also in good scoring nick were Jamie Cope (71, 54, 103) and Mei Xiwen (56, 96, 74) when defeating Marc Davis (amateur) 5-1 and Sanderson Lam 5-2 respectively.

Zhang Yong of China has won his opening match in 4 of the 5 competitions this season so far; he compiled a quartet of half centuries during his 5-2 win against Fraser Patrick.

Michael Georgiou thumped Mitchell Mann 5-0, Gareth Allen and Rhys Clark were 5-2 victors, Duane Jones and Hammad Miah were on the right side of 5-3 outcomes.

The last match to finish at the Metrodome was the nine-framer between Anthony Hamilton and Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn (Thailand). The reigning Asian Champion was pegged back after leading 4-2, but managed to get across the line in the decider. 

This was rookie Lertsattayathorn's first victory on the sport's top tier too.

Pictures above are courtesy of World Snooker

Written and published by Michael Day on the 30th August 2016