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Dowling and Judge Through as Kachaiwong Makes Maximum in Doha

TJ Dowling and Michael Judge are both into the last 32 of the IBSF World Amateur Championship in Qatar.

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Dowling could meet World Under-21 finalist Ursenbacher in the last 16.

Fellow Irishman Jason Devaney is out, though, after falling at the second knockout stage to former professional Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon.

The top ranked player from Ireland last season lost 4-0 to the young Thai, who dropped off the Main Tour at the end of the last campaign after failing to play in the majority of ranking events.

While there was disappointment for Devaney, countrymen Dowling and Judge progressed with ease into the next round.

Reigning Irish national champion Dowling recorded breaks of 83, 81 and 51 in whitewashing experienced American Ajeya Prabhakar.

After a┬áperiod of rest for the main event today, Dowling will take on Mohammad Bilal on Saturday for a berth in the last 16 – which will also be contested on the same day.

Judge, meanwhile, lost the first frame to Antonis Poullos before gaining control in a 4-1 triumph that sets up an intriguing clash with 2012 champion Muhammad Asif.

A win for Judge could set up an equally difficult tie against talented teenager Yuan Sijun from China.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland’s Declan Brennan advanced following a tight 4-3 success over Krzysztof Wrobel.

In the last 32 Brennan will meet Thailand’s Issara Kachaiwong, who in his 4-0 triumph on Thursday compiled a wonderful 147 break which you can watch below.

The majority of the big names remain in the hunt for glory in Doha on Monday.

Jamie Clarke, runner-up in three major international finals, faces Malta’s Brian Cini while defending champion Pankaj Advani and young European duo Alexander Ursenbacher and Lukas Kleckers are all still in contention.

In the Ladies draw, Michael Judge’s sister Paula is involved in an encounter with Irena Gorbataya with the winner set to play Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee.

Tom O’Driscoll, Brendan Thomas, Dylan Rees and Shane Gorman feature for Ireland in the Masters tournament.

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Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.

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