Duane Jones booked an instantaneous 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 Advantage, which was taken from all three Q Faculty occasions.
Welshman Jones got here into the concluding spherical assured of an instantaneous return to the World Snooker Tour, after sealing a spot within the high two on the Order of Advantage. Nevertheless, he capped off qualification in type with an good win over gifted 18-year-old Si. Jones led 3-2 earlier than being pegged again to a decider, the place he obtained 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 mentioned: “It’s been a troublesome six weeks to be sincere with you. Shedding my place on the tour, I solely fell off by one place within the one-year checklist. To return again and get straight by 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, folks mentioned it could be simpler however it isn’t. There are seeds everywhere in the draw and earlier than you might be in slightly spot with out them.
“I’m simply going to try to hold going and practising, fairly than take a break and begin once more. The iron is sizzling now so I’ll hold 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 believed I wouldn’t make it. I came visiting to inform the match director I may not make it. Ultimately 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 Underneath-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 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 solution to the ultimate spherical. Younger high scored with a break of 91 in his defeat of England’s Pinhey.
“I’m speechless in the meanwhile, however it was an unbelievable feeling on the finish,” mentioned the Edinburgh cueman. “Practising with Scott Donaldson has introduced my sport on quite a bit. He performs on the identical 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 advantage, Burns needed to win to have any probability 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 solution to efficiently negotiating occasion three.
Burns mentioned: “I’m relieved greater than something. After coming so shut within the first occasion, shedding out to Peter Strains within the remaining spherical. I’m over the moon to get by.
“That final match is horrible. I by no means anticipated to get by simply. It’s only a case of getting over the road. Duane Jones and Lei Peifan have been enjoying with no strain, however I’m simply so relieved to get by.
“My little boy was born again in January, so there may be that occurring in life as properly. I believe it spurs you on slightly bit to not do it for myself however do it for the household as properly. It has been robust coming again and an extended three weeks in Sheffield. Particularly in your lodge room making an attempt to kill time. You simply need to fill your time as greatest you may and hold your self focussed.”
Chinese language 18-year-old Lei topped the order of advantage and was already assured a tour place coming into the ultimate spherical and ended a formidable three weeks by beating Billy Citadel 4-2.
Lei got here by 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 instant return.