Following last night’s tremendous max from Mike Dunn, the actioned resumed today at the EISS as the likes of Rory McLeod, James Wattana and Andrew Pagett were among those to progress to the second round today. Click below for a summary on the opening two sessions of the day…
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Through to the second round of the German Masters this morning was Rory McLeod who maintained his recent good run with a 5-2 victory against Polish youngster Kacper Filipiak. A word though for Kacper who having failed to win a frame during the season’s first three full ranking events this season, was able to show improvement by taking a couple today against a strong opponent.
It is Rory who remains in the tournament however and next up for him will be a clash with Liu Song, the Chinese player having come through a match with Liam Highfield 5-3 this morning.
In fact it was a good day generally for the tour’s Chinese contingent as both Liu Chuang and Liang Wenbo came through their matches to set up an all-Chinese second round match tomorrow. Liu was able to defeat Ian McCulloch 5-3 while Liang secured an important win with victory against India’s Aditya Mehta by the same scoreline.
Elsewhere, Welshman Andrew Pagett was able to repeat his victory against Nigel Bond from earlier this year at the World Championship qualifiers with a 5-1 success against the Shootout champion today. Next up for Andrew will be Thai number one James Wattana who came through a test against countryman Passakorn Suwannawat earlier today.
Others to progress were David Morris, Anthony Hamilton and Andy Hicks, while Alan McManus received a walkover against Robin Hull to bag more important ranking points this season.
The final match to finish was that between Paul Davison and Matt Selt, the former upsetting his higher-ranked opponent with a deciding frame success following a marathon afternoon match.