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Former Champion Scott Donaldson into Last 32

The Scot won his maiden professional title earlier in 2020 with victory in the first of what has been three Championship League events this year.

Former champion Scott Donaldson and Mark King booked their places in the next stage of the Championship League on Wednesday in Milton Keynes.

The pair each topped their respective round-one group tables with seven points from a possible nine.

After winning both of his opening encounters in Group 22 against Ashley Carty and Barry Pinches, Donaldson knew that a point would be enough from his last match against Chris Wakelin to progress.

The latter could have usurped the world no.24 and won the opening frame to instill some doubt into his opponent.

But Donaldson compiled a break of 63 to make it all-square before taking the third frame to guarantee his spot in the last 32 – leaving the last frame, which Wakelin won, mostly redundant.

Meanwhile, it was another close affair in Group 23 as three out of the four competitors had a chance to qualify going into the third and final round of fixtures.

King and David Grace had four points apiece, with Jimmy Robertson just one shy of their tallies.

With Grace losing to Allan Taylor, Robertson could have leapfrogged King into first place with a triumph over his fellow Englishman.

But King safely negotiated his last hurdle, winning the first two frames before proceeding to record a 3-1 scoreline and garner all three points.

Scott Donaldson and Mark King both move into Group F alongside David Gilbert, with the competition continuing in the round-robin format – and the final group-winning duo subsequently contesting the final in late-October to determine the overall champion.

The action continues on Thursday with John Higgins and last week’s European Masters runner-up Martin Gould among those entering the fray.

Live coverage continues on Matchroom.Live and FreeSports.

Click here to view the full draw (Times: CET)

Featured photo credit: CLSnooker

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