The opening rounds for all three 2020 Q School events are now complete, leaving the last 64 stage for each over the next three days at the English Institute of Sport.
Nearly 160 amateur hopefuls from across the UK, Europe and beyond took part in this the 10th edition of Q School, aiming to collect one of twelve two-year professional tour cards on offer. However, following four hectic days of action in Sheffield, around a third have been eliminated after losing in all three events.
A total of 22 players have all three lives intact. This includes recently relegated professionals Sam Baird, Fan Zhengyi, Lee Walker and Michael White.
Other former main tour cueists with 100% records are: Stephen Craigie, Jamie Curtis-Barrett, Steven Hallworth, Kuldesh Johal, Jamie Jones, Adrian Rosa and joint-record three-time graduate Paul Davison.
Current English Amateur Champion Ben Hancorn and youngsters Hamim Hussain, Robbie McGuigan, Florian Nuessle, Brian Ochoiski and Hayden Staniland – all looking to reach the sport’s top tier for the first time – are three from three. Oliver Brown, Peter Devlin, Ian Martin, Jamie McArdle and Daniel Womersley are the others.
Familiar names John Astley, Alfie Burden, Thor Chuan Leong, Simon Lichtenberg, Oliver Lines and Hammad Miah all have two opportunities left, whilst Harvey Chandler, Chen Feilong, Michael Georgiou and Craig Steadman are all on their last chance. A graduate two years ago, Kishan Hirani is out early this time.
Events one, two and three will each be respectively completed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The semi-finalists from each day will win the coveted WST cards. All matches are now upped to the best of seven frames.
Please note, should a player qualify but still be involved in remaining events, their opponent/s will receive a bye.