Tony Knowles is just three games away from a spot on the World Snooker Tour as he beat Shaun O’Sullivan 4-1 to reach the last 32 games of the three Q School event.
Knowles, the former world number two, has won five matches in the three Q School events, proving that he is still competitive at age 65.
Today’s win was probably his best so far as he broke 67 and 56 in a 3-0 lead. Former pro O’Sullivan slipped again before Knowles took the fifth frame on the colors to set up a match with Mark Lloyd. The tournament ends on Sunday, with the four semi-finalists receiving a two-year Tour ticket.
Ian Burns, who finished last season ranked 65th in the world, made 64, 89, 93 and 64 in a 4-0 win over Yu Kyu Chang.
Iranian Sohail Vahidi scored 86 goals in the 4-0 defeat against Rodion Godin, while Poland’s Mateusz Baranowski scored 132 in a 4-3 win over Fergal Quinn.
Sanderson Lamm beat Brian Ochowski 4-1 while Luke Benches – Barry’s son – beat Aaron Mehta by the same score. Michael Giorgio hit 98 in a 4-1 defeat to Sidney Wilson.