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UK Championship qualifying: Judgement Day draw, schedule, where to watch

The UK Championship qualifying draw has reached its final round, with Judgement Day taking place on Wednesday and Thursday in Sheffield.

Mirroring the final round of qualifying for the World Championship in April, the revised UK Championship format is sure to bring plenty of drama during the next couple of days.

The top 16 in the official world rankings list have already qualified automatically for the venue stages at the Barbican Centre in York.

A further 16 competitors are attempting to join them in the first round proper, with eight UK Championship Judgement Day qualifying encounters to be contested on Wednesday and an additional eight a day later.

Who is involved in Judgement Day?

There are interesting clashes throughout the draw, but perhaps the one that most fans will be keen on following is the tie between veterans Jimmy White and Dominic Dale.

White has orchestrated a remarkable run from the opening hurdle, recording a brace of whitewash wins before a standout 6-4 defeat of Stephen Maguire in the penultimate round.

The 60 year-old captured the most prestigious ranking title of his career with success in the 1992 edition of the UK Championship.

Meanwhile, three-time UK champion Ding Junhui has looked in decent form of late and on the cusp of reemerging as a credible contender in tournaments again.

The Chinese superstar beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh on Tuesday but faces another tricky challenge in the final round against Robert Milkins.

There are seven players from China in all who are hoping to make it beyond the preliminary stages.

Tian Pengfei and Xu Si face off against one another, while Zhou Yuelong meets Jak Jones, Xiao Guodong entertains surprise package Andres Petrov, Lyu Haotian takes on Andy Hicks, and Wu Yize plays 2003 UK champion Matthew Stevens.

There are a few battles between two former ranking event winners that will prove difficult to predict.

David Gilbert and Mark King go head-to-head, while former world champion Graeme Dott challenges Joe Perry and Anthony Hamilton faces Matthew Selt.

Four-time ranking event winner Ali Carter is also still in the hunt with the Captain next in action against Liam Highfield.

There’s an intriguing all-Welsh showdown between Jamie Clarke and Duane Jones, Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham faces Tom Ford, and Snooker Shoot Out champion Hossein Vafaei plays Robbie Williams.

Elsewhere, Jordan Brown and Zak Surety vie for a spot in the main draw, with Sam Craigie and Ian Burns among the lower-ranked cueists looking to make an impression too.

UK Championship qualifying draw and schedule

Judgement Day (Round 4)

Wednesday at 1pm GMT

Duane Jones vs Jamie Clarke
Tom Ford vs Noppon Saengkham
Dominic Dale vs Jimmy White
Tian Pengfei vs Xu Si

Wednesday at 7pm GMT

Zhou Yuelong vs Jak Jones
Wu Yize vs Matthew Stevens
Lyu Haotian vs Andy Hicks
Robbie Williams vs Hossein Vafaei

Thursday at 1pm GMT

David Gilbert vs Mark King
Joe Perry vs Graeme Dott
Ding Junhui vs Robert Milkins
Zak Surety vs Jordan Brown

Thursday at 7pm GMT

Ali Carter vs Liam Highfield
Matthew Selt vs Anthony Hamilton
Xiao Guodong vs Andres Petrov
Sam Craigie vs Ian Burns

Where to watch Judgement Day?

Judgement Day matches in the UK Championship qualifying draw will be available to watch on the World Snooker Tour’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

Subscribers to discovery+ can also follow the action live throughout both days.

Featured photo credit: WST

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