2022 Northern Ireland Open Qualifiers – Day 5

Yesterday was a good day for Begian fans … here is the report by WST:

Leclercq Earns First Pro Win

Julien Leclercq won a match for the first time since turning professional earlier this year, beating Stuart Carrington 4-1 to qualify for the final stages of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open.

Belgium’s 19-year-old Leclercq underlined his potential when he won the WPBSA Q Tour play-off in May to earn a two year tour card, and he can now look forward to his first appearance in the final stages of a knockout ranking event in Belfast in October. Carrington made a break of 136 in the second frame for 1-1, but Leclercq took the last three frames with a top run of 85.

BetVictor Welsh Open champion Joe Perry made four breaks in the 50s as he won a hard-fought battle with Matthew Stevens by a 4-3 scoreline. Mark King made breaks of 79 and 88 in the last two frames as he came from 3-2 down to beat Oliver Lines 4-3.

Daniel Wells lost to Adam Duffy in the final round of Q School earlier this year, but the Welsh amateur took some measure of revenge in a rematch today with a 4-0 win.

Pang Junxu, Rookie of the Year in 2021, fired runs of 75 and 97 in a 4-2 win over Steven Hallworth, while Anthony McGill eased to a 4-1 success over Peng Yisong.

Julien played a very good match against a player who is never easy to beat and is very experienced. He managed to find the rigth balance between attack and “hard match play”.  This is very encouraging. Julien will play Anthony McGill at the venue. It won’t be easy but I fancy his chances especially Anthony often struggles to produce his best in smaller events.

Two matches are  missing from the report: Elliot Slessor beat Zhang Jiankang by 4-2 in the afternoon and Matt Selt beat Duane Jones by 4-1 in the last match of the day.