Duane Jones booked a direct return to the World Snooker Tour after defeating China’s Si Jiahui 4-3 within the remaining spherical of Q Faculty occasion three.
Jones, Dean Younger, Lei Peifan and Ian Burns all secured tour playing cards for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons. Whereas Hammad Miah and Mitchell Mann earned spots by advantage of ending third and fifth respectively within the Order of Benefit, which was taken from all three Q Faculty occasions.
Welshman Jones got here into the concluding spherical assured of a direct return to the World Snooker Tour, after sealing a spot within the prime two on the Order of Benefit. Nevertheless, he capped off qualification in model with a powerful win over gifted 18-year-old Si. Jones led 3-2 earlier than being pegged again to a decider, the place he bought himself over the road.
Jones suffered relegation from the circuit on the finish of final season, after recording simply 9 match wins all through the marketing campaign. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old did showcase his capacity in 2019, when he went on a run to the semi-finals of the German Masters in Berlin.
Jones stated: “It’s been a tricky six weeks to be trustworthy with you. Shedding my place on the tour, I solely fell off by one place within the one-year checklist. To come back again and get straight by way of doesn’t get any higher, I’m over the moon with it.
“I believe on paper that is the hardest Q Faculty I’ve ever performed in. The draw was only a minefield. With it being seeded the best way it has, individuals stated it could be simpler however it isn’t. There are seeds everywhere in the draw and earlier than you possibly can be in somewhat spot with out them.
“I’m simply going to attempt to preserve going and practising, reasonably than take a break and begin once more. The iron is scorching now so I’ll preserve the ball rolling for so long as I can.
“In spherical three I went for a little bit of breakfast earlier than the match and I couldn’t get into my lodge room. The cardboard wouldn’t work. We tried for an hour and a half and I assumed I wouldn’t make it. I came visiting to inform the match director I may not make it. Finally we managed to bust the door open with spanners, crowbars and instruments, it was all popping out. The lodge allowed me to do it to make my match. I’m very fortunate to even be right here!”
Scotland’s 19-year-old Younger grew to become the one participant of this yr’s Q Faculty to safe a debut berth on the World Snooker Tour, beating Haydon Pinhey 4-1 within the remaining spherical.
The 2018 Scottish Beneath-21 champion impressed on his televised debut on the 2020 Shoot Out, the place he scored wins over David Grace and Liam Highfield, earlier than bowing out by the hands of present Masters champion Yan Bingtao within the final 32.
Younger got here by way of a tough part of the draw to seal his skilled standing for the primary time. He defeated Matthew Roberts, Florian Nuessle, Dylan Emery and Mitchell Mann on his technique to the ultimate spherical. Younger prime scored with a break of 91 in his defeat of England’s Pinhey.
“I’m speechless for the time being, however it was an unbelievable feeling on the finish,” stated the Edinburgh cueman. “Practising with Scott Donaldson has introduced my recreation on lots. He performs on the similar membership as me so we’ve been practising with one another day in and day trip.”
Former Welsh Open quarter-finalist Burns regained his skilled standing with a 4-1 win over Mark Lloyd.
Regardless of being extremely positioned within the order of benefit, Burns needed to win to have any likelihood of returning to the circuit he was relegated from earlier this yr.
Burns defeated Liam Davies, Yu Kiu Chang, Soheil Vahedi, Simon Blackwell and Lloyd on his technique to efficiently negotiating occasion three.
Burns stated: “I’m relieved greater than something. After coming so shut within the first occasion, dropping out to Peter Traces within the remaining spherical. I’m over the moon to get by way of.
“That final match is horrible. I by no means anticipated to get by way of simply. It’s only a case of getting over the road. Duane Jones and Lei Peifan have been taking part in with no strain, however I’m simply so relieved to get by way of.
“My little boy was born again in January, so there may be that occurring in life as nicely. I believe it spurs you on somewhat bit to not do it for myself however do it for the household as nicely. It has been powerful coming again and a protracted three weeks in Sheffield. Particularly in your lodge room attempting to kill time. You simply must fill your time as greatest you may and preserve your self targeted.”
Chinese language 18-year-old Lei topped the order of benefit and was already assured a tour place coming into the ultimate spherical, ended a powerful three weeks by beating Billy Citadel 4-2.
Lei got here by way of Q Faculty on the age of simply 15 in 2019, to earn a maiden spell on the tour. Nevertheless, he misplaced his skilled standing on the finish of final season. Wins over Jed Mann, Patrick Wallace, Ben Mertens, Sanderson Lam and Citadel in occasion three ensured his speedy return.
Article by WST.