Martin O’Donnell has won Q Tour Event 2 after a 5-1 victory over George Pragnall in Brighton on Sunday.
The amateur tour continued at the Castle Snooker Club with England’s O’Donnell lasting the distance to take the £2,500 top prize.
After seven successive seasons on the Main Tour, O’Donnell was relegated from the professional circuit at the end of the last term.
The 36 year-old will be hoping to quickly regain his place, and by triumphing in Event 2 he has climbed to the top of the Q Tour rankings ahead of Event 1 winner Ross Muir.
The top-ranked competitor at the end of the 2022/23 season will be awarded with a two-year professional card.
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Despite the rather one-sided final, O’Donnell’s route to the deciding encounter was far from straightforward.
In the first round, he beat Jamie Wilson 3-2 and repeated that scoreline in the next round with a similar defeat of Liam Graham.
O’Donnell compiled a 137 in his subsequent 3-1 victory over Florian Nuessle, then needed all seven frames in a 4-3 beating of Daniel Wells in the last eight.
It was even more dramatic in the last four as the former Shoot Out semi-finalist fought back from a snookers-required stage in a decider with Ashley Carty to prevail on the final black.
O’Donnell then took charge of the final by winning the opening two frames and never looked back, sealing the win with a terrific run of 135.
It was the second event of the Q Tour campaign in which Pragnall had to settle for the runner-up prize.
There will be six tournaments in total this season on the Q Tour with a total prize fund of £72,000 across the series.
Q Tour Event 3 is scheduled for October 14 to October 16 at the Delta Moon in Mons, Belgium.
Q Tour Event 2
George Pragnall 4-3 Hamim Hussain
Gao Yang 4-1 Rory McLeod
Ashley Carty 4-2 Jack Haley
Martin O’Donnell 4-3 Daniel Wells
George Pragnall 4-3 Gao Yang
Martin O’Donnell 4-3 Ashley Carty
Martin O’Donnell 5-1 George Pragnall
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