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After stops in Burton and then Preston, this season's Challenge Tour makes its debut appearance outside of the UK in Latvia on Saturday where it will be played alongside the professional Riga Masters tournament. Despite opening the event up to players outside of the 64 who qualified for it via Q-School, there are just 25 entries, a frustrating amount.

Event 1 and 2 winners respectively, Brandon Sargeant and David Grace are the joint-leaders of the Order of Merit and would be in line for the two pro-tour cards on offer. However, including this weekend's competition, there are still 8 events remaining.

Both have made the journey to the Baltic region; Sargeant faces Callum Lloyd first up, while Grace is one of seven players to have received a bye into the Last 16 where he plays either Jamie Curtis-Barrett or Andreas Ploner.

Third placed Mitchell Mann meets James McArdle and fourth placed Luke Simmonds will cross cues with either John Foster or sixth placed Steven Hallworth. Simmonds has two bites of the cherry during his trip as he is also in the Riga Masters after qualifying as a top-up player; Kyren Wilson is his opponent there.

​Fifth placed James Cahill is up against Charlie Walters and current Welsh Amateur Champion Jackson Page shares a table with Felix Frede.

Although this latest leg is only just over one-third full (the original blueprint was for 72 players at each event) the prize money has stayed the same with the champion banking £2,000. All the players are already on money.

​2018/2019 Challenge Tour, Event 3 Draw

Round One
Mitchell Mann v James McArdle
James Cahill v Charlie Walters
Jamie Curtis-Barrett v Andreas Ploner
John Foster v Steven Hallworth
Jackson Page v Felix Frede
Kevin van Hove v Dylan Emery
Jake Nicholson v Lucky Vatnani
Sean Maddocks v Daniel Womersley
Callum Lloyd v Brandon Sargeant

Round Two
Saqib Nasir v Winner of match 1
Barry Pinches v Winner of match 2
David Grace v Winner of match 3
Luke Simmonds v Winner of match 4
Winner of match 5 v Winner of match 6
Jamie O’Neill v Winner of match 7
Joshua Cooper v Winner of match 8
Patrick Whelan v Winner of match 9

Picture above is courtesy of World Snooker

Article written and published on the 26th July 2018​​