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Ricky Walden Hits Milestone but Loses in Scottish Open

The three-time ranking event winner won’t feature at the venue stages of the competition in December.

Ricky Walden suffered a 4-3 defeat in the Scottish Open qualifying round as Steven Hallworth advanced at the former world number six’s expense in Barnsley on Tuesday.

Walden fought back from 3-1 behind, compiling a century break in the fifth frame that represented his 300th in professional play.

The Englishman became only the 25th player in history to achieve the feat, but his efforts ultimately proved fruitless as Hallworth’s run of 73 in the decider helped him through to the last 64 instead.

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh joined Walden as another highly ranked competitor to exit at the first hurdle of this year’s Scottish Open at the Metrodome.

The world number 19, who has now failed at the first hurdle of all three Home Nations events this season so far, was dumped out of this competition by Sam Craigie.

Craigie’s 4-2 victory was matched by Martin Gould as the former German Masters winner defeated Zhang Jiankang.

Reigning Welsh Open winner Jordan Brown had a slightly easier time of it, prevailing in a mostly scrappy affair with Barry Pinches courtesy of a 4-1 scoreline.

By contrast, Mark King was taken the distance before outlasting Rory McLeod 4-3 in the last encounter to be completed close to midnight.

Chris Wakelin and amateur top-up Michael Georgiou enjoyed routine 4-0 whitewash triumphs against Mark Joyce and Farakh Ajaib respectively, while Scott Donaldson had too much for Jak Jones.

The Scottish Open preliminary stage concludes on Wednesday with Ali Carter in action against Ken Doherty, while the likes of Jimmy White and Reanne Evans are also set to participate.

The Scottish Open proper won’t take place until December, with the top 16 in the world rankings entering in the same round of 128 at the venue itself.

Live coverage continues on the Eurosport Player and via the Matchroom.Live streaming service.

Click here to view the draw (Times: CET)

Featured photo credit: WST

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