Ali Carter should have been playing Ronnie O’Sullivan but has had to withdraw citing heath problems – not Covid related according to WST. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.
Jordan Brown has beaten Mark Selby and Stephen Maguire has knocked out the defending champion Shaun Murphy. Those two will face each other tomorrow.
Michael White was hoping for a good run on home soil, but a first round match against Mark Williams is a tough one for anyone. Williams ran out the winner 4-1.
The two wildcards selected by the WPBSA were Ben Fortey and Dylan Emery – following their international performances earlier in the year at the WSF Open in Malta.
Fortey was pitched against Elliot Slessor and despite a good performance, lost out 4-2. Emery went one better and beat Lu Ning 4-3.
Two amateurs from the Q School top-up list, Brian Ochoiski and Paul Davison were drawn against each other and Ochoiski ran out a 4-1 winner.
Jamie Curtis-Barrett was next on the Q School list and got the call up after Amine Amiri withdrew. He lost out though to Liam Highfield on the final black ball.
Brian Ochoiski faced Masters champion Yan Bingtao and went out 4-0.
Dylan Emery played Joe Perry and despite taking the first frame, went out 4-1.
I do wish the WST would go to a tiered draw and give the amateurs and lower ranked pros more chance of progressing by playing against each other for the first round at least.