Peter Ebdon rallies to stun Gerard Greene in World Snooker Championship qualifier
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 28/04/16 6:18pm
Former world champion Peter Ebdon produced a remarkable comeback to beat Gerard Greene 10-9 and keep his hopes of qualifying for the Crucible alive.
The 45-year-old, who won the title in 2002, trailed Greene, who had beaten Jimmy White in the first round of qualifying, 9-3 in his World Snooker Championship qualifier but reeled off seven frames in a row to clinch victory just after 2am on Tuesday morning.
A match that contained just three breaks of at least 50 came down to a final-frame safety battle with just the colours left on the table and it was Ebdon who potted the pivotal green before clearing up to move through to the final qualifying round.
Two-time finalist Ali Carter came through a close and high-quality encounter with Cao Yupeng to progress to a clash with Dominic Dale, who saw off Oliver Lines 10-6.
Cao had won his first-round match 10-0 against Rodion Judin and came from 7-4 down against Carter to level at 7-7. Carter then made breaks of 138 and 111, either side of an 84 from Cao, and wrapped up a 10-8 win with a 54 in frame 18.
China's Ding Junhui had an easier time of things, rounding off a 10-1 win over Ross Muir with a break of 106.
Up-and-coming pair Jack Lisowski and Kyren Wilson beat Rory McLeod and Martin O'Donnell respectively but Luca Brecel was beaten 10-8 by Liam Highfield.
Jamie Cope was beaten 10-5 by Liang Wenbo, Zhang Anda beat Mark Davis by the same score and Zhou Yuelong ousted Fergal O'Brien 10-6.
Matthew Selt lost a final-frame decider to Mitchell Mann while Dechawat Poomjaeng won 10-5 against Finland's Robin Hull.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who made headlines by missing the final black of a 147 attempt at the UK Championship, won 10-7 against Paul Davison.
There were also wins for Matthew Stevens, Mark King, Ken Doherty and Ryan Day, the latter overcoming Alfie Burden 10-9.