Dechawat Poomjaeng halted the Q-School hopes of Women’s World Champion Ng On Yee in Burton on Wednesday.
Poomjaeng recorded a 4-1 victory to reach the final day of Q-School event three in Burton and inch close to regaining his tour card. Poomjaeng is bidding to return to the tour after dropping off at the end of the 2016/17 campaign and he now requires just two further victories to secure a two-year playing card. The Thai potter remains best known for his 2013 World Championship first round win over Stephen Maguire. Poomjaeng found himself cast as the darling of the Crucible crowd as his charismatic character shone through, including at one stage stopping to applaud the success of his own safety play against the Scot.
Women’s champion On Yee meanwhile left with the consolation of today’s announcement that she is assured of a place on the Challenge Tour for next season.
Elsewhere, former world number 18 Barry Pinches is through to the final day at Q-School after a 4-0 whitewash victory over Charlie Walters. The Canary fired in breaks of 65 and 60 on his way to a comfortable win. Malaysia’s Thor Chuan Leong progressed courtesy of a 4-1 defeat of Kristijan Helgason, while Ireland’s Michael Judge enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Brandon Hall in their Round 4 clash. Poomjaeng stares down Himanshu Dinesh Jain in the next stage. Pinches meanwhile advances to face former Masters semi-finalist Andy Hicks.