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Victory for Matthew Stevens in qualifiers

Matthew Stevens comfortably qualified for the British Open with a routine 4-0 success over Victor Sarkis on Friday in Leicester.

The Welshman compiled breaks of 59 and 51 to advance to the venue stages of the season’s third ranking tournament.

Stevens made the semi-finals of the British Open 20 years ago and will be hoping for a similar run when he competes at the Centaur in Cheltenham next month.

Joe Perry crashed out, however, after the Englishman went down in a 4-2 reverse against an improving Sanderson Lam.

It has been a positive start to the 2023/24 snooker season for Lam, who ended the last term with a defeat to Perry in the World Championship qualifiers.

Elsewhere, former Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown was beaten by Daniel Wells in a 4-3 thriller.

Brown led 3-2, but his Welsh opponent finished the contest in remarkable fashion by compiling a brace of century breaks.

Meanwhile, Chinese duo Lyu Haotian and Wu Yize secured respective triumphs over David Lilley and Martin Gould.

Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham continued his fine recent form with a 4-1 victory against Xing Zihao.

Thor Chuan Leong repeated that three-frame winning margin as he outplayed Alexander Ursenbacher.

Finally, Zak Surety wrapped up the proceedings for the fifth day of action at the Morningside Arena with a 4-2 defeat of Michael White.

On Saturday, the British Open qualifiers conclude with the highlight being the showdown between Stephen Maguire and Jimmy White.

There is live coverage in the UK on WST’s Facebook channel, in Europe on discovery+, and in other territories outside China on Matchroom.Live.

The top 16 seeds in the random-draw British Open have their fixtures held over to the venue stages in September.

British Open qualifiers schedule and results

Monday, August 14th

Lukas Kleckers 1-4 Si Jiahui
Ma Hailong 4-2 Ian Burns

Manasawin Phetmalaikul 1-4 Ishpreet Singh
Stephen Hendry 2-4 Muhammad Asif

James Cahill 1-4 Tom Ford
Louis Heathcote 2-4 Ben Mertens

Alfie Burden 2-4 Ken Doherty
Fergal O’Brien 4-1 Andres Petrov

Tuesday, August 15th

Hammad Miah 4-3 Zhou Yuelong
Robbie Williams 4-0 Pang Junxu

Oliver Brown 4-3 Himanshu Jain
Xu Si 4-0 Ricky Walden

Dominic Dale 4-1 Mark Joyce
Liam Pullen 0-4 Oliver Lines

Jenson Kendrick 1-4 David Grace
Adam Duffy 1-4 Scott Donaldson

Wednesday, August 16th

Graeme Dott 4-3 Zhang Anda
Baipat Siripaporn 1-4 Liu Hongyu

Rory McLeod 1-4 Tian Pengfei
Dylan Emery 1-4 Yuan Sijun

Andrew Higginson 1-4 Andy Hicks
Chris Wakelin 4-3 Andrew Pagett

Rod Lawler 4-2 Sam Craigie
Anthony Hamilton 4-1 Aaron Hill

Thursday, August 17th

Mohamed Ibrahim 4-3 Mink Nutcharut
Liam Graham 4-3 Cao Yupeng

Elliot Slessor 2-4 He Guoqiang
Andy Lee 1-4 Hossein Vafaei

David Gilbert 4-1 Ryan Thomerson
Jackson Page 2-4 Ashley Carty

Stuart Carrington 3-4 Ross Muir
Ashley Hugill 4-2 Jak Jones

Friday, August 18th

David Lilley 1-4 Lyu Haotian
Thor Chuan Leong 4-1 Alexander Ursenbacher

Wu Yize 4-2 Martin Gould
Noppon Saengkham 4-1 Xing Zihao

Victor Sarkis 0-4 Matthew Stevens
Jordan Brown 3-4 Daniel Wells

Joe Perry 2-4 Sanderson Lam
Michael White 2-4 Zak Surety

Saturday, August 19th

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-0 Reanne Evans
Mark Davis 3-4 Fan Zhengyi

Xiao Guodong 4-2 Marco Fu
Jamie Jones 4-0 Mostafa Dorgham

Stuart Bingham 4-0 John Astley
Matthew Selt 4-0 Liam Highfield

Julien Leclercq 4-2 Dean Young
Stephen Maguire 4-0 Jimmy White

Held over fixtures
(to be played in Cheltenham)

Monday, September 25th

Ryan Day vs Sean O’Sullivan
Luca Brecel vs Ding Junhui
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Jimmy Robertson
Mark Allen vs Anthony McGill
Judd Trump vs Anton Kazakov
Mark Selby vs Ben Woollaston
Neil Robertson vs Jamie Clarke
Shaun Murphy vs Rebecca Kenna
Kyren Wilson vs Martin O’Donnell
Mark Williams vs Peng Yisong
John Higgins vs Long Zehuang
Ali Carter vs Allan Taylor
Robert Milkins vs Jiang Jun
Jack Lisowski vs Joe O’Connor
Gary Wilson vs Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Barry Hawkins vs Stan Moody

Featured photo credit: World Snooker Tour

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