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Three-Ton Thepchaiya Un-Nooh Thrashes Jamie O’Neill

The Thai was in trademark speedy form at the Metrodome.

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh wasted little time in dismantling the challenge of Jamie O’Neill in the English Open preliminary round in Barnsley on Monday.

The former Shoot Out king produced a clinical display to hammer the Englishman 4-0 with a series of almost perfect snooker – compiling breaks of 139, 123, 105, and 82.

Un-Nooh boasted an average shot clock of just 14.5 seconds as he blitzed his opponent and advanced through to the venue stages of the competition in November.

Elsewhere, former English Open runner-up David Gilbert scored a century of his own but was made to work a lot harder for his 4-2 triumph against David Grace.

Gilbert won the opening ranking event of the 2021/22 season, the Championship League, but he remains outside the top 16 in the world rankings as he attempts to regain his place in time for the Masters in January.

Ali Carter is a player in a similar boat, hoping to accumulate enough ranking points in order to rejoin the elite bracket during this campaign, and the Captain safely won his English Open opener against Fan Zhengyi with a 4-1 scoreline.

One of the upsets of the day saw former Masters and UK champion Matthew Stevens fall in a 4-3 reverse to Peter Devlin, the latter edging a nervy contest in a close decider.

Anthony Hamilton withstood a late fight back from Louis Heathcote to prevail with a 4-2 victory, a scoreline that was matched by Stuart Carrington and Jamie Clarke in their respective defeats of Hammad Miah and Zak Surety.

Earlier in the day, Li Hang became the first player to emerge unscathed after beating fellow Chinese competitor Si Jiahui – one of the numerous amateur top-ups in the draw.

One of four events that make up the Home Nations series, the English Open has been an annual fixture on the calendar since 2016 and has a top prize worth £70,000.

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Meanwhile, the English Open action continues on Tuesday with former ranking event winners Ryan Day and Martin Gould 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 of the English Open 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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