Martin O’Donnell came through a nervy final match to book his place in the second phase of the WST Pro Series, alongside Lu Ning.
O’Donnell won his first four matches in the eight-man group to stand on the brink of qualification, but then lost two in a row to leave his place in doubt. He needed one frame in his final tie against Rory McLeod to ensure his progress, and kept his cool to win 2-0 and top the group.
Betway UK Championship semi-finalist Lu lost his second match of the day but then won four in a row which ensured him a top-two spot.
They are both through to the second group stage in March in the new £420,500 world ranking event.
World number 20 Gary Wilson, the highest ranked player in the group, made a 147 and won four of his seven matches, but it wasn’t enough.
The event continues on Thursday with Stuart Bingham among the eight players in action. Fans can watch the action live on Matchroom Live website.
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