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Morris Falls in China Qualifiers

David Morris is out of the China Open after losing 5-3 to James Wattana in the qualifying round in Barnsley on Wednesday.

David Morris

Morris is hoping to avoid dropping off the tour for a second time – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos

The Irishman has now won only one of his last nine matches, a significant drop in form that has resulted in him plummeting down the rankings.

Morris has fallen provisionally outside the world’s top 64, a position which will result in his failure to secure a Main Tour card for next season if he cannot retrieve the situation by the end of the current campaign.

Meanwhile, Northern Irishman Mark Allen suffered a surprising 5-2 loss to Mitchell Mann and wont be making the trip to Beijing next month either.

Elsewhere, most of the higher seeded players emerged victorious from their qualifier at the Metrodome.

Neil Robertson edged Hossein Vafaei Ayouri 5-3, the same scoreline that Stephen Maguire managed over Andy Hicks, while Barry Hawkins whitewashed Sanderson Lam.

It was easy too for German Masters champion Martin Gould, who showed few signs of a hangover following his maiden ranking event success in Berlin on Sunday with a comfortable 5-1 drubbing of Scott Donaldson.

Luca Brecel, runner-up at the Tempodrom, Ali Carter, Ben Woollaston and Shaun Murphy also enjoyed 5-1 triumphs – with the latter compiling the highest break of the day, a superb 136.

However, it was the Kyren Wilson and Anthony Hamilton encounter that created the most century headlines, as the pair made a record six in a row between them in an unbelievable tally of ton scoring.

Wilson had runs of 125, 108, 103 and 100 while Hamilton responded with breaks of 137 and 123 but it was the Shanghai Masters winner who prevailed in one of the highest-quality matches of all-time 5-3.

In other scores, former world champion Graeme Dott came from 4-1 down to deny Jimmy White a rare victory on the circuit this season, while Marco Fu and Joe Perry ran out 5-2 winners in their ties.

Scotland’s Alan McManus pipped Sydney Wilson in a decider while it was good news for two of China’s own, with Yu Delu and Zhou Yuelong both progressing to the venue stage of their home event.

The rest of the qualifiers were all Englishmen, with Michael Holt, Mark King, Sam Baird, Mark Joyce and David Grace booking the flights to Asia.

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