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Doherty qualifies for International Championship

Ireland’s Ken Doherty successfully booked his place in the first round of the International Championship after he battled past Scotland’s Chris Totten on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old has endured a tough start to the season after losing in the first round of the European Masters and China Championship. He also failed to qualify for the World Open and Indian Open but he showed some improved form at the Barnsley Metrodome. Doherty scored six half-century breaks to set up a potential clash with Mark Selby in China.

Neil Robertson also advanced after beating Ross Muir in fine style with a brace of centuries helping him on his way to a 6-1 win.

Barry Hawkins, Xiao Guodong and Andrew Higginson all enjoyed routine wins, while Anthony McGill and Jack Lisowski found it tough. McGill came from 5-4 down to beat Xu Si, while Lisowski had to hold off Oliver Lines in a 6-1 contest.

Wednesday’s action sees England’s Ricky Walden feature and he will play fellow countrymen David Lilley in the evening session. Walden is priced at 1.30, while Lilley is the 3.30 outsider due to his recent poor form.

Wales’ Michael White also returns to the table and he faces off against World No.108 Luo Honghao. A close contest is expected between these two, with White 1.50 and Honghao 2.50.

Another all-England clash sees Michael Holt face Joe O’Connor, with the former the heavy favourite. A routine win is expected and a 6-2 victory for White is priced at odds of 6.50.

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