Hong Kong’s Andy Lee came from 3-0 down to secure a shock 4-3 win over former Crucible quarter-finalist Kurt Maflin at Q School event one in Sheffield.
Lee is a former professional himself, having earned a place on the tour at Q School in 2018. However, he dropped off the circuit following the 19/20 season, which was curtailed for Lee due to Covid travel restrictions.
Maflin made the last eight of the World Championship in 2020, but a loss of form over the subsequent two seasons has seen him relinquish his place on the tour.
It had looked like Norway’s Maflin was set for a comfortable win this afternoon, before Lee came roaring back into contention. A break of 72 in the sixth frame forced a decider, which he won to earn his place in round three. Next up he faces Englishman Mark Bell.
Irish 20-year-old Aaron Hill started his bid for an immediate return to the circuit with a 4-0 defeat of Connor Benzey. Hill crafted breaks of 104, 52 and 73 on his way to the win and plays Zak Surety next.
Frenchman Brian Ochoiski defeated Simon Bedford 4-2, while China’s Gao Yang progressed thanks to a 4-2 defeat of Halim Hussain.
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