UK Championship 2010 Qualifiers: Day Four Results

For the third time this season Tony Drago has progressed to the third round of a ranking event, while Michael White has again run out a winner. Click below for the all of today’s results…

Having got himself back onto the main tour by winning the EBSA Play-Off, there were more than a few people who expected Tony Drago to struggle this season. Having reached the third round of another ranking event however, he is right in contention not only to stay on the circuit, but possibly move into the top 64 once again.

His latest win came against Tamworth’s Dave Gilbert, a man himself bidding to move back up the rankings after a difficult spell. The first session of their match was predictably quick, the eight frames being concluded in less than 90 minutes as Tony edged his way towards a 5-3 lead and despite David’s best efforts, he could not stem the tide in the second as Tony ran out a 9-5 winner.

Guaranteed to end up with at least 10690 points at the end of the season now, things are going nicely for Tony and he now has to win just two more matches to get himself to the venue stage of this tournament. With Mark Davis next up however, it is certainly not going to be easy…

Other players who have managed to continue their good starts to the season today are Simon Bedford, Jimmy Robertson and Grand Prix qualifier Mark Joyce.

After his 9-0 victory over Joe Jogia on Tuesday, Simon again played well today, making back to back centuries of 127 and 10 as he dropped just three frames against Irishman David Morris. Next up for him is Andrew Higginson who will be looking to get back to winning ways after an early exit at the hands of Robert Milkins during the Grand Prix qualifiers.

Jimmy Robertson also suffered an opening match defeat at the Grand Prix but following a hard-earned victory over Stephen Rowlings on Tuesday, he has now backed it up with another solid win over Paul Davies to book a third round tie with Anthony Hamilton. After narrowly missing out on making the last 32 of the Shanghai Masters where he lost out to Graeme Dott, he will be hoping for better this week if he can win his next two matches,

Mark Joyce meanwhile ended the hopes of Matt Couch with a straightforward 9-4 victory. Next up for him as he looks to qualify for his second venue in a row will be the resurgent Ken Doherty…

The final match to finish tonight saw another Irish veteran in the form of Joe Delaney withstand a brave fightback from young Sam Baird to win his second match of the season and progress to the third round. He will now take on countryman Michael Judge for the right to play Steve Davis.


Thursday 26th November 2009

Match 25 – Liu Song 4-9 Atthasit Mahitthi
Match 26 – David Gilbert 5-9 Tony Drago
Match 27 – Joe Delaney 9-8 Sam Baird
Match 28 – Mark Joyce 9-4 Matthew Couch
Match 29 – Jin Long 6-9 Michael White
Match 30 – Paul Davies 6-9 Jimmy Robertson
Match 31 – Tom Ford 9-7 David Hogan
Match 32 – David Morris 3-9 Simon Bedford