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Scottish trio enjoy qualifying success

Scottish trio Stephen Maguire, Alan McManus and Eden Sharav have booked their place in the main draw for the International Championship after coming through qualifying on Wednesday.

Former world number two Maguire was at his sparkling best during his 6-0 whitewash of Wales’ Duane Jones as he recorded at least a half-century break in every frame. The highlight of the 37-year-old’s performance was his break of 113 in the third frame and he had been on course for the fourth maximum break of his career until he missed a pot on the black.

Experienced McManus found qualifying a lot tougher than his compatriot as he progressed through 6-5 against Jamie Clarke after winning the final two frames of the match. The 47-year-old recorded breaks of 66 and 99 on his way to the victory as he secured his place in the main draw of a ranking event for only the second time this season.

World number 86 Sharav was the least experienced of the Scottish contingent to book his place in the main draw but he edged out Dominic Dale 6-5. The 26-year-old is enjoying a strong season on the tour as he reached the second round of both the Paul Hunter Classic and the European Masters, while his victory over Dale included four half-century breaks.

There are now four Scottish players through to the main draw of the International Championship after Anthony McGill booked his place earlier in the week, while Graeme Dott is in qualifying action on Thursday.

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