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Teenager Liam Pullen beats former world champion in snooker qualifiers

Liam Pullen produced a fine display to beat Graeme Dott 6-4 in the International Championship qualifiers on Wednesday in Sheffield.

The 18 year-old from England compiled a brace of century breaks and made two other contributions above 50 to oust the 2006 world champion.

He graduated to the main tour this year following his strong performance at Q School.

Pullen is widely being touted as a potential star of the future alongside fellow young rookies Stan Moody and Liam Graham.

Elsewhere on day three of the qualifiers at Ponds Forge, there were victories for Stuart Bingham, Hossein Vafaei, and Gary Wilson.

Bingham and Wilson thrashed Xing Zihao and Mohamed Ibrahim with whitewash scorelines, while Vafaei lost just one frame in overpowering Reanne Evans.

Meanwhile, top 16 chasing Noppon Saengkham emerged with a 6-3 triumph over Victor Sarkis.

There were close wins too for Chinese pair Xiao Guodong and Zhang Anda, who denied Ishpreet Singh and Alexander Ursenbacher spots in Tianjin.

Among the others to advance in the ranking event in November were Jimmy Robertson, Mark Davis, and Sam Craigie.

On Thursday, the International Championship qualifiers continue with a host of marquee names in action.

Marks Selby, Allen, and Williams will all feature on day four, in addition to Kyren Wilson and Jack Lisowski.

Monday, September 18

Stephen Maguire 6-2 Peng Yisong
Wu Yize 3-6 Ross Muir
Tian Pengfei 6-3 Stephen Hendry
Yuan Sijun 5-6 Long Zehuang

Michael White 6-3 Himanshu Jain
Ryan Day 6-1 Mink Nutcharut
Jackson Page 6-3 Liam Graham
Mark Joyce 6-3 Andy Lee

Barry Hawkins 6-0 Andrew Pagett
Matthew Selt 6-1 Jimmy White
Robbie Williams 6-3 Ben Mertens
Jordan Brown 6-5 Sean O’Sullivan

Tuesday, September 19

Xu Si 4-6 Stuart Carrington
Cao Yupeng 6-0 Ashley Hugill
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6-1 Andrew Higginson
Matthew Stevens 6-4 Liu Hongyu

Joe Perry 3-6 Dylan Emery
David Grace 6-2 Jenson Kendrick
David Gilbert 6-0 James Cahill
Andy Hicks 2-6 Sanderson Lam

Tom Ford 6-4 Stan Moody
Anthony McGill 6-3 Alfie Burden

Wednesday, September 20

Xiao Guodong 6-4 Ishpreet Singh
Sam Craigie 6-1 Thor Chuan Leong
Stuart Bingham 6-0 Xing Zihao
Zhang Anda 6-3 Alexander Ursenbacher

Jimmy Robertson 6-2 Anton Kazakov
Noppon Saengkham 6-3 Victor Sarkis
Graeme Dott 4-6 Liam Pullen

Hossein Vafaei 6-1 Reanne Evans
Gary Wilson 6-0 Mohamed Ibrahim
Mark Davis 6-4 Rod Lawler

Thursday, September 21

Mark Allen 6-2 Ma Hailong
Jack Lisowski 6-3 He Guoqiang
Lyu Haotian 6-5 David Lilley
Fan Zhengyi 6-2 Mostafa Dorgham

Elliot Slessor 6-2 Hammad Miah
Kyren Wilson 6-3 Adam Duffy
Mark Selby 6-2 Muhammad Asif

Jamie Jones 6-4 Ashley Carty
Mark Williams 6-0 Rebecca Kenna

Friday, September 22

Robert Milkins 4-6 Marco Fu
Si Jiahui 6-5 Julien Leclercq
Jamie Clarke 5-6 John Astley
Dominic Dale 6-3 Oliver Brown

Joe O’Connor 6-1 Baipat Siripaporn
Ali Carter 6-2 Allan Taylor
Shaun Murphy 6-1 Andres Petrov

John Higgins 6-1 Manasawin Phetmalaikul
Neil Robertson 6-4 Ryan Thomerson
Chris Wakelin 6-0 Dean Young

Saturday, September 23

Ricky Walden 6-1 Jiang Jun
Scott Donaldson 6-4 Louis Heathcote
Pang Junxu 6-3 Zak Surety

Oliver Lines 6-4 Lukas Kleckers
Jak Jones 6-2 Aaron Hill
Liam Highfield 2-6 Daniel Wells

Heldover Fixtures

Sunday, November 5

Judd Trump vs wildcard
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ken Doherty
Luca Brecel vs Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Ding Junhui vs Ian Burns
Zhou Yuelong vs Martin O’Donnell
Anthony Hamilton vs wildcard
Ben Woollaston vs wildcard

Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Brian O Grady

    Reanne was quite unlucky not to lock down a couple of other frames against Vafael – he came back needing two snookers to get a free ball red in one.

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