PTC6: Friday Wrap

My provisional seedings list will be updated following the conclusion of the last 32 today

Another weekend, another PTC event as the snooker circus descends upon Sheffield once  again. Click below for the news from Friday as Graeme Dott moved into the last16 of one of these events for the first time. There was an upset however as PTC5 winner Ding Junhui was an opening day casualty…

Since his brilliant run to the final of the World Championship back in May, Graeme Dott hasn’t quite been able to recapture the form that he demonstrated in Sheffield but with victories over Mark King, Joe Perry and Judd Trump yesterday he has ensured that he will be in the last 16 of this event. Next up for him is a clash with countryman Marcus Campbell who advanced to this stage of a PTC event for the third time this season, his best win being a 4-1 demolition of Stephen Lee in the second round.

Other players returning to form yesterday were Ian McCulloch and Andy Hicks, two players looking to move back into the top 48 by the time the seedings are next revised following the UK Championship. Particularly impressive was Andy’s last 64 victory against Mark Davis who is now gunning for a place inside the top 16 come the next seedings revision.

Scotland’s Anthony McGill meanwhile also continued the impressive start to his pro career with victories over Allan Taylor, Chen Ze and Ian Burns to move into the third round for the third time. He will face a stern test in the next round however as he will face the consistently strong Martin Gould for a place in the last eight.

There was a shock however for Ding Junhui as the event five winner crashed out at the last 32 stage against Stuart Bingham. Ding will not be overly concerned as he is not eligible for next year’s PTC finals stage in any case, but it is a strong result for Stuart nevertheless.