Mark Allen lost only two frames as he scored a perfect nine points from his three Championship League matches on Thursday in Leicester.
The Northern Irishman comfortably topped Group 12 of the competition at the Morningside Arena, advancing to next week’s Stage Two.
Allen began the day with a 3-0 victory over Indian rookie Himanshu Jain, and when he followed it up with a 3-1 success against Jenson Kendrick his berth was all but sealed.
A second 3-1 triumph, this time over Stuart Carrington in which he compiled a magnificent 142 total clearance, confirmed his spot in the next phase.
In Group 8, seeded player Jack Lisowski could only manage four points and third place as he bowed out at the opening hurdle.
Instead, Michael White marched forward into the last 32, with the Welshman losing to Lisowski but securing respective 3-0 defeats of Mark Joyce and Julien Leclercq.
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Allen and White complete the lineup for the next phase of the Championship League, with eight more groups scheduled for Stage Two.
There will be a brief respite of play in this event over the weekend before the action resumes on Monday with Group E and Group F.
In Group E, Mark Williams returns alongside Stephen Maguire, Lu Ning, and Aaron Hill, while Hossein Vafaei, Jimmy Robertson, Lyu Haotian, and Michael Judge contest Group F.
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