Group J saw two young players progress, yesterday the seasoned pros prevailed.
Carter And Davis Advance
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.
“I scored heavily and I’m delighted to get through,” said the Captain. “I have been working hard on my break-building, trying to change my game. I am playing more attacking snooker and making more centuries. I am coming into form at the right time and looking forward to the rest of the season. I am enjoying it and trying not to beat myself up as much when I don’t play well.”
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.
I have to admit that I struggled to watch yesterday, probably for reasons that have nothing to do with snooker, and my memories of the matches I watched are a blurr…