Q School 2011: Event Two, Round One So Far

Kyren Wilson & Ben Harrison – through to Round 2

Two days into the second event of the 2011 Q School and the line-up for the second round is now taking shape. Click below for a link to the results so far and more…

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Among those through to the second round of this month’s Q School is veteran Tony Knowles who responded well to his 4-0 defeat at the hands of fellow veteran Mike Hallett to defeat Pakistan’s Najm Khan yesterday. Next up for him will be China’s Li Yan who received a first round walkover following the non-appearance of Gareth Coates.

At the other end of the scale to Tony however there were also victories for several talented youngsters including Chen Zhe, Michael Wasley, Jak Jones, Mitchell Mann and Joel Walker. Particularly impressive was Chen’s 4-0 victory as following his narrow defeat in Monday’s event one final round, I had wondered how quickly he would be able to get himself up for the next event but those doubts appear to have been put to bed.

As far as upsets are concerned, Scot James McBain lost out in the first round for the second successive Q School event although given the form of opponent Ian Burns over the last couple of weeks perhaps we should not be too surprised. Ian is not a player who has popped up on my radar before now but looking at his record this season, with wins against Joe Jogia, Matt Selt and Rory McLeod this season during the PTC he is clearly capable.

The same can be said for Stuart Carrington who was also a convincing winner tonight as he bids to move up onto the main tour for the first time. Having himself defeated Mark King, Robert Milkins, Alan McManus, Martin Gould, Luca Brecel and Andrew Pagett during the 2010/11 PTC, Stuart will feel that he is ready to graduate to the top flight and will now meet Bhavesh Sodhain round two.

In fact tonight was a somewhat strange session as in fact a series of players won matches by a 4-0 scoreline. One of those was Ben Harrison who aside from being rather prolific on Twitter, is also talented on the table as evidenced by his opening frame break of 133 this evening. One of the players who performed well during the Q School Preparation Series at the Southwest Snooker Academy earlier in the year, he will next meet Germany’s Lasse Munstermann who defeated Alex O’Donaghue, again with a whitewash.

Having both performed well during the first event, Reanne Evans and Allan Taylor both fell to early defeats today, as did Jamie O’Neill last night as he was edged out by Antony Parsons in a decider.