The Welshman reached the final 16 in final yr’s occasion.
Welshman Jamie Clarke produced a exceptional comeback from 5-0 right down to beat Jamie O’Neill 6-5 within the second spherical of World Championship qualifying on Thursday.
The 26 year-old’s event regarded set to be over earlier than it barely started as O’Neill took him to throughout the brink of an early exit.
Each gamers had alternatives in every of the primary 5 frames just for the Englishman to grab all of them, together with the fourth and fifth frames on the ultimate black.
A break of 59 helped Clarke to keep away from the whitewash, and after profitable two shut frames he was in a position to drive a decider with runs of 98 and 82.
By this level, O’Neill was clearly rattled and though the 34 year-old obtained in first within the remaining body it was Clarke who had the higher composure to finish the unlikely turnaround.
In August final yr, Clarke fought from the second spherical of qualifying to succeed in the final 16 on the Crucible Theatre, beating Mark Allen within the first spherical of the venue phases.
For O’Neill, the collapse may change into disastrous in his struggle for tour survival with the previous European under-19 champion presently third on the provisional checklist of eight gamers who will achieve a contemporary card from the one-year rankings.
With nonetheless loads of snooker to be performed within the subsequent week or so, O’Neill can be left sweating to see if he did sufficient earlier within the marketing campaign to safe a spot on the Important Tour for subsequent season.
Elsewhere on the English Institute of Sport, Jimmy Robertson edged Zhao Jianbo 6-5 in an consequence that might have monumental ramifications on his future standing as knowledgeable.
The previous European Masters champion was in a hazard of dropping exterior the world’s prime 64 within the rankings however this victory consolidates his place.
Jamie Jones, Andrew Higginson, Joe O’Connor, Rod Lawler, Tian Pengfei, and Lyu Haotian have been among the many others to make it by way of in Sheffield.
For Lyu, the Chinese language competitor advances straight to Judgement Day as his third-round opponent Noppon Saengkham has been pressured to tug out of the event following a constructive COVID-19 take a look at.
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