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David Grace won Event 2 of this season's World Snooker Challenge Tour at the Preston Guild Hall on Wednesday.

Former UK Semi-Finalist Grace was relegated from the professional circuit in April and was unable to bounce back immediately through the subsequent Q-School. However, he has applied himself well on this new secondary tier of the sport and is in a good early position to claim one of the two pro tour cards on offer at the end of the ten event Challenge Tour campaign.

Grace began the two-day tournament with victories over fellow ex-professionals Jamie O'Neill (3-2) and then Simon Bedford (3-0).

​Returning for 'Finals Day' he defeated Phil O'Kane (3-1) before facing a further three names who have possessed professional status in James Cahill (3-0), Steven Hallworth (3-2) and then Mitchell Mann 3-0 in the final.

​The £2,000 that Grace pockets will go alongside the £700 he earned for reaching the Last 4 during Event 1 in Burton last month. This puts him joint top of the Order of Merit Rankings with Event 1 champion Brandon Sargeant, who lost to Mann 3-2 in the other Semi-Final on Wednesday - a reverse scoreline of their meeting at the same stage in Burton.

​Luke Simmonds, runner-up to Sargeant just under six weeks, reached the Quarter-Finals where he was eliminated 3-0 by the same player.

11 times World Women's Champion Reanne Evans ousted Matt Couch (another ex-professional) 3-2 in the opening round but then lost via a decider to Hallworth in the Last 32.

​The third installment of the Challenge Tour is scheduled to take place parallel with the Riga Masters in Latvia at the end of this month.

Image above is courtesy of World Snooker

Article written and published by The Cue View on the 12th July 2018