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Ponds Forge Batch of Qualifiers Conclude

The week-long set of qualifiers at Ponds Forge has ended with the final day of action for the International Championship preliminaries on Monday.

Kyren Wilson concluded proceedings by edging newly crowned English amateur champion Brandon Sargeant with a 6-4 victory.

Sargeant recovered from five frames behind to win the sport’s oldest competition on Sunday, beating Jamie O’Neill 10-7 at the Star Snooker Academy.

The Challenge Tour graduate subsequently almost upset the odds to overcome former Masters runner-up Wilson but it was the latter who just about managed to book his place on the flight to Daqing in August.

Stephen Maguire, Matthew Stevens, and Martin Gould were among the other names to advance to the last 64.

Maguire was in superb form as he bounced back from his disappointing defeat in last week’s Riga Masters qualifiers at Ponds Forge.

The Scot knocked in a brace of century breaks as well as runs of 86, 61, 60, 51, and 50 in a supreme display of heavy scoring.

Former UK and Masters champion Stevens triumphed against Kishan Hirani 6-2 and Gould prevailed over Harvey Chandler by the same margin.

Earlier in the day, Tom Ford recorded his fourth career 147 break – and the first of the 2019/20 campaign – in a 6-1 thrashing of Fraser Patrick.

Elsewhere, Nigel Bond enjoyed success against Fellow veteran Fergal O’Brien while Zhang Anda qualified for the first of his home tournaments this season thanks to a similar 6-2 defeat of countryman Lu Ning.

The only encounter that went the distance saw Hossein Vafaei score an impressive 100 break to deny Dominic Dale in a decider.

Englishmen Andrew Higginson, Stuart Carrington, Robbie Williams, Chris Wakelin, and Liam Highfield progressed to the venue stages too alongside Scotland’s Scott Donaldson.

The International Championship will take place from August 4th to 11th in China.

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