Sam Craigie fought back from 3-2 down to defeat Andy Hicks 4-3 in a high quality encounter at Q School event one in Burton.
Craigie dropped off the tour last season at the very last moment, with Lyu Haotian’s qualification for the World Championship relegating him from the professional circuit. He faced a stern test in the shape of former Crucible semi-finalist Hicks.
Newcastle’s Craigie produced his best snooker in the crucial moments, as he fired in breaks of 71 and 63 to seal the 4-3 win and move within four wins of an immediate return to the tour.
Stephen Hallworth trailed Chinese prospect Zhao Xintong 2-0, but a four-frame burst saw the 22-year-old from England keep himself in contention for a second spell as a professional thanks to a 4-2 victory.
Barry Pinches dramatically faced his son Luke in the previous round, securing a 4-1 win. He continued his run in Burton with a 4-3 defeat of Fang Xiongman.
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