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Former English Open Champion Beaten in Barnsley

Eight more matches took place at the Metrodome on Sunday.

Former English Open champion Liang Wenbo succumbed to a 4-2 loss against Rory McLeod in the qualifying round for this year’s edition on Sunday in Barnsley.

The Chinese competitor became the inaugural English Open champion in 2016 when he memorably jumped for joy upon beating Judd Trump to claim that year’s Steve Davis Trophy.

But five years on from that glory, which remains his only ranking event success to date, Liang continues to struggle for form and consistency.

The 34 year-old fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 behind to twice restore parity, but his veteran opponent pulled away at the end for a solid victory.

Among the other notable names to make it through on day three of the preliminary action was former world champion Graeme Dott, in addition to Ricky Walden and Mark Davis.

The latter, who was the English Open runner-up in 2018, compiled breaks of 95 and 62 in overcoming Germany’s Lukas Kleckers 4-1, while three-time ranking event winner Walden went one better with a whitewash triumph against Michael Judge.

Dott, meanwhile, was pushed but eventually retrieved a 2-0 deficit to outlast Farakh Ajaib in six frames and move forward into the venue stages of the competition in November.

Elsewhere, two amateur top-ups progressed with former Shoot Out king Michael Georgiou and renowned giant-killer James Cahill beating Elliot Slessor and Lee Walker respectively.

Robbie Williams thrashed Peter Lines 4-0 while Chris Wakelin managed to construct a composed century break to deny Michael Holt in a decider.

On Monday, the English Open qualifiers continue with David Gilbert, Ali Carter, and Matthew Stevens among those set to enter the fray.

The top 16 in the world rankings enter this year’s English Open in the same round as everybody else, but their matches have been held over to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Live coverage is available on the Eurosport Player and Matchroom.Live.

Click here to view the draw (Times: CET)

Featured photo credit: WST

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