13 march 2021 publish date

The marathon continues. WST Pro Series 2021

Oliver Lines beat dad Peter 2-0 in their first professional meeting – and went on to top Group J in the first phase of the WST Pro Series.

James Cahill finished runner-up in the group, and joins Lines in progressing to the second phase of the world ranking event next week.

The match between 25-year-old Oliver and 51-year-old Peter Lines was the first father-and-son clash on the pro tour since Neal Foulds beat Geoff Foulds 5-0 in 1986. This time, once again the younger man was in control. Oliver took a scrappy opening frame on the colours – assisted by a fluke on the brown – then won the second with breaks of 38 and 36.

Overall, Leeds potter Lines won six of his seven matches in an excellent display in Milton Keynes. Going into the final round of matches he was still not certain to qualify, needing one frame against Elliot Slessor, but he finished in style with a 2-0 win, rounding off the day with a run of 77.

Blackpool’s Cahill also won six of his seven matches, securing second spot in his final tie with a 2-1 win over Iulian Boiko.

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Ali Carter scored four centuries as he cruised to top spot in Group H of the WST Pro Series, booking in a place in the second group stage, alongside runner-up Mark Davis.

World number 24 Carter won six of his seven matches, and fired runs of 141, 135, 103 and 101. Today’s success continued a recent revival for two-time Crucible finalist Carter as he reached the quarter-finals of the BetVictor Welsh Open and last 32 of the BetVictor Gibraltar Open.

With the Betfred World Championship qualifiers less than a month away, the four-time ranking event winner is looking to finish the season strongly.

World number 54 Davis won five of his seven matches, crucially scoring 2-0 victories in his last three games against Carter, Hamim Hussain and Dylan Emery. Simon Lichtenberg also enjoyed five wins, but finished behind Davis on frame difference.

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Fergal O’Brien missed the final pink when he had a chance to become the oldest player ever to make an official 147, though he still made it through the first stage of the WST Pro Series.

O’Brien finished runner-up in Group F behind Ben Woollaston and both players are through to next week’s second phase.

In a tense finish to the group in Milton Keynes, four players were tied on four wins apiece going into the seventh and final round of matches. O’Brien scored a 2-0 win over Igor Figueiredo to secure second place, while Woollaston scrapped out a 2-1 win over Robbie McGuigan to take top spot.

Dublin’s O’Brien scored heavily throughout the day, making four centuries and a crucial 88 in the last frame against Brazil’s top player Figueiredo.

But there was regret for world number 114 O’Brien as he came so close to the second 147 of his career during his match against Noppon Saengkham, but missed the pink to a centre pocket on 134.

Age 49, he would have comfortably beaten the record for the oldest player to make a maximum, held by John Higgins who is 45.

BetVictor Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown could have qualified for the Cazoo Tour Championship with a deep run in this event, but he finished fifth in the table, ending his hopes.

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Barry Hawkins and Ricky Walden booked their spots in the second phase of the WST Pro Series with the minimum of fuss in Milton Keynes on Friday.

Both players won their first five matches in the group, which meant that qualification was sewn up with two rounds of matches still to be played.

World number 14 Hawkins beat Paul Davison, Farakh Ajaib, Duane Jones, Gerard Greene and Alexander Ursenbacher in his first five matches, making a top break of 105. Walden, meanwhile, got the better of Ajaib, Jones, Greene, Ursenbacher and Jimmy Robertson.

Three-time ranking event winner Hawkins is on track to qualify for the Cazoo Tour Championship later this month and today’s results further strengthen his position in eighth place on the one-year ranking list – though he can still be overtaken by Zhou Yuelong.

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The article is based on WST.TV