In-form amateur David Grace reached the last 16 of the Betway Gibraltar Open
In-form amateur David Grace reached the last 16 of the Betway Gibraltar Open with a trio of wins on Friday.
Last week, Grace reached the semi-finals of the last Challenge Tour event of the season to regain a place on the pro circuit for 2019-20.
And he impressed again in Gibraltar, knocking out Jak Jones and Peter Ebdon before beating Chris Wakelin 4-1 in the last 32.
The world ranking event runs until Sunday at the Tercentenary Sports Hall with a top prize of £25,000 up for grabs.
Oliver Brown is another amateur in the last 16 line up as he knocked out Michael Holt and Jimmy Robertson then came from 2-0 down to beat Jamie Clarke 4-2.
This was former World Champion Shaun Murphy’s final event before he heads to the Crucible next month as he has not qualified for the Tour Championship or China Open, and he reached the last 32 before losing 4-2 to China’s Lu Ning.
It was a good day for Chinese players as Yan Bingtao beat Robin Hull 4-1 with a top break of 112. Zhou Yuelong saw off Scott Donaldson 4-1 with a top run of 104 while Yuan Sijun beat Sean O’Sullivan by the same scoreline.
Kurt Maflin made a 136 in a 4-1 victory over Shoot Out champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh while Daniel Wells beat Peter Lines 4-0.
The remainder of the early rounds are played on Saturday, with the last 16 onwards to be played on Sunday.