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Stan Moody wins as World Championship qualifiers begin

Stan Moody was one of eight players who advanced beyond round one of the World Snooker Championship qualifiers on Monday.

The preliminary tournament commenced at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, with 128 competitors vying for the 16 remaining spots at the Crucible Theatre.

Moody, competing as an amateur but who will be on the main tour next season as the WSF junior champion, compiled the first century break of the event.

The 16 year-old added contributions of 90, 86, 72, 59, and 54 to his 110 break to see off the challenge of Andres Petrov with a 10-7 scoreline.

In the second round of four in the World Snooker Championship qualifiers, the English teenager will face Zhang Anda.

Elsewhere, former Crucible semi-finalist Marco Fu crashed out at the first hurdle following a 10-5 reverse against Martin O’Donnell.

O’Donnell, like Moody, will definitely be competing as a professional during the 2023/24 campaign after topping this term’s Q Tour rankings.

There’ll be a lot of attention on the Englishman’s next fixture, with O’Donnell next tasked with encountering legend Jimmy White.

Two other amateur participants emerged unscathed from the first round on the opening day of action.

Daniel Wells had little trouble in thumping India’s Himanshu Jain 10-2 – the widest margin of victory of the day.

Haydon Pinhey also defied his amateur status to deny Dean Young 10-5, an ironic result that consigns the latter to tour relegation considering Pinhey was the player Young beat in the last round of the 2021 Q School to turn pro.

Meanwhile, the closest battle saw John Astley win the last two frames to deny Steven Hallworth in a tense decider.

Jamie O’Neill, Dylan Emery, and Ukraine’s Anton Kazakov were the others to move forward in the competition.

Several fixtures reached their halfway stages as well, with women’s world champion Baipat Siripaporn trailing Aaron Hill in a slow-moving affair that had to be pulled off at 5-2 in favour of the Irishman.

Allan Taylor didn’t wast much time – reeling off all nine frames in a dominant session against Filips Kalnins.

Mink Nutcharut, Andrew Higginson, and Michael Georgiou are among the players entering the fray on Tuesday.

Monday’s Results
Haydon Pinhey 10-5 Dean Young
Dylan Emery 10-4 Ma Hailong
Daniel Wells 10-2 Himanshu Jain
Martin O’Donnell 10-5 Marco Fu
Stan Moody 10-7 Andres Petrov
Jamie O’Neill 10-5 Bulcsu Revesz
Anton Kazakov 10-6 Mohamed Ibrahim
John Astley 10-9 Steven Hallworth

Tuesday’s Schedule
10am and 7pm
Andrew Pagett vs Gao Yang
Oliver Brown vs Ross Muir
Andy Lee vs Andrew Higginson
Sean O’Sullivan vs Liam Graham
Peng Yisong vs Michael Georgiou
Sanderson Lam vs Liam Pullen
Dechawat Poomjaeng vs Mink Nutcharut
Barry Pinches vs Ross Bulman

Michael Judge 2-7 Florian Nuessle
Asjad Iqbal 6-3 Jenson Kendrick
Aaron Hill 5-2 Baipat Siripaporn
Allan Taylor 9-0 Filips Kalnins
Muhammad Asif 2-7 Iulian Boiko
Alfie Burden 7-2 Rebecca Kenna
Adam Duffy 6-3 Billy Castle
David Lilley 5-4 Rory McLeod

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Featured photo credit: WSF

One Comment

  1. Jay Brannon

    Moody made the first century of this year’s World Championship.

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