Players' Championship Day Two Update

Round two will serve up some fascinating encounters as the quest to become Players' Championship winner continues this week.

Players' Championship Day Two Update
Ryan Day was in fine form in the opening round (photo: Getty Images)


It was a great day at ‚ÄčEvent City in Manchester for the Home Nations, as representatives of England, Wales and Northern Ireland all made it through to the second round of the Players' Championship.

Hawkins eases through whilst Allen overcomes a battle

Matthew Selt was the first player to qualify on day two, as he took full of advantage of Mark Selby's withdrawal, defeating Andrew Higginson without ever really setting the contest alight.

World number eight Barry Hawkins defeated Michael Holt, whose last victory came against Ronnie O'Sullivan, with a relatively comfortable 4-2 victory. Breaks of 75 and 73 were amongst the highlights for Hawkins.

The third Englishman to qualify for the last 16 was Mark King, who came to life in the fifth and sixth frames as he finally edged away from youngster Sam Baird in another 4-2 victory.

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen looked to be in fine form after a 123 break in the opening frame, only to then find himself 2-1 and 3-2 down, before avoiding an upset by winning the last two frames to knock out Mark Davis.‚Äč

A great Day for Ryan but Tian is unlucky

One of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the first round saw Wales' Ryan Day take on England's Kyren Wilson. A tight match was expected but Day was arguably the most impressive player of the round as he won 4-1, with breaks of 98, 107 and 91.

As Day cruised through his match, Robert Milkins somehow saw off Tian Pengfei by the same scoreline, despite not hitting a half century break, whilst Tian made four. In an incredible match, the man from China actually scored more points than his English opponent despite coming out on the wrong side of a 4-1 defeat.

The second round begins on Thursday and the draw reads as follows:

Selt v Higginson
Williams/Dale v Murphy
Allen v King
Day v Dunn
Fu v Ford/Walden
Trump v Carter
Ding v White
Milkins v Hawkins