The second event of this season’s Q Tour is down to just eight players from the 99 who set out on Friday morning at the Terry Griffiths Matchroom in Llanelli.
It has been another weekend of high-quality snooker with 21 century breaks compiled so far, with seven crucial matches still to be completed on Sunday.
The first will be an all-English affair between Sean O’Sullivan and Mark Lloyd, after the pair booked their places in the quarter-finals.
Former professional O’Sullivan has progressed from Friday’s opening qualifying rounds and been among the heaviest scorers with three century breaks, highlighted by a run of 130 during his last 16 victory against Ryan Davies.
Awaiting him next will be fellow former England Under-21 champion Lloyd, who most notably inflicted defeat upon Event 1 champion David Lilley in the last 32, either side of wins over Hayden Staniland and John Astley. His opening round success over Staniland was particularly impressive as he opened with runs of 116 and 104, before sealing victory with a break of 64 as he limited his opponent to just 22 points.
While Lilley was unable to repeat his Event 1 run in Llanelli, beaten finalist Si Jiahui was able to make it back to back appearances on the final day as he defeated Alfie Lee, Florian Nuessle and Daniel Wells to reach the last eight.
He will now face Sydney Wilson, whose stand out performance came in the last 16 as he compiled a stunning break of 143 – the highest break of this season’s Q Tour so far – on his way to a 3-1 victory against Stuart Watson.
In the bottom half of the draw, Michael White shone with five century breaks of his own to defeat Harvey Chandler, Michael Georgiou and Robbie McGuigan to book his place in Sunday’s quarter-finals. Having lost out early to Liam Davies in Event 1, deciding-frame wins over Georgiou and McGuigan in particular helped the two-time former ranking event winner to get his campaign back on track.
Next up for the Welshman will be England’s Alex Clenshaw, who like O’Sullivan has won five matches already to come through from Friday’s opening round matches, including a last 16 success against Event 1 semi-finalist Alex Millington.
The final match in the draw will see another former professional Sanderson Lam take on Belgian prodigy Ben Mertens, after the pair progressed for the loss of just four frames between them on Saturday.
The tournament will be played to a conclusion from Sunday at 10:00am GMT – follow the latest scores and results via WPBSA SnookerScores.