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Day Set For Daqing

Ryan Day comfortably booked his place at the International Championship with a 6-1 defeat of Chen Zifan at qualifying in Preston.

The Welshman, who captured his maiden ranking title earlier this season at the Riga Masters, overpowered his opponent with a string of breaks this afternoon. He compiled runs of 81, 55, 73, 82 and 52 to stroll home to victory.

Tom Ford edged through following a narrow 6-5 defeat of Scotland’s Scott Donaldson.

The contest came alive in the sixth frame, when Ford constructed a century break of 120 to move 4-2 in front. Donaldson responded immediately with a run of 113 to cut his deficit in half. The Scot took the match to a final frame decider, clearing the colours to take the tenth frame on the black and make it 5-5. It was Ford who came through to secure his spot in Daqing.

Sam Craigie overcame recent Six Red World Championship runner-up Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6-5 in a closely fought tie.

The former World Under-21 Champion Craigie moved to the verge of victory at 5-4 after making a contribution of 91, before Un-Nooh forced a decider. It was a hard fought final frame which lasted just under half an hour. However, it was Craigie who eventually emerged the victor.

Robbie Williams won a marathon battle with Zhang Anda 6-5 by the narrowest of margins. After over four hours and twenty minutes of play, the deciding frame came down to the final black. Williams deposited it and booked his place in Daqing.

World number 23 Joe Perry secured his progress with a 6-3 win over Paul Davison. There were runs of 57 and 73 along the way for the Gentleman.

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