UK Championship 2011 (the qualifiers) - Day 3

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The battles of cues continue
The penuntilmate day for December's UK Championship ended late in the night sending 16 more players to the final round. As exepected, the battles of cues were tight and some kind of bloody and messy. Once more we've seen pink comrades takin on each other, but also fighting with all their strenghts against the Chinese team. Some of them prevailed to reach the final steges, but some weren't so lucky.

Gerard Green has to take on a pink comrade, Jimmy Robertson and after seeing the final 6-2 result I think he didn't find any trouble at all in defeating him. Unlike them Jamie Jones and Jimmy White had to consume all their frame's munitions in order to decide who is the last man standing. It was Jones.

After beating Daniell Weels 6-4 and also Barry Pinches, the 20-year old lad from Wales known under the name of Michael White manages to cash yet another victory, this time a 6-2 one after playing against China's Liang Wenbo. Brilliant run for the youngster who'll meet a soldier of the Pink Army in his final match later today.
Robert Milkins grabed a place for the next round too as he defeated Davild Gilber after a hard fought battle, 6-5, but Tony Drago saw himself beeing forced to miss this year's tournament after loosing 6-3 to Jamie Burnett.

Michael White is unstoppable
The Chinese team has only two members left in the competition after Tian Pengfei lost 6-4 in front of the misterious "007 Agent" Nigel Bond, Liang wenbo was defeated 6-2 by Michael White and Cao Yupend saw his UK Championship dream tarnished by Michael Selt's 6-3 victory. 
So who's got to carry on the Chinese legacy? It all depends on Xiao Guodong and Li Yan's performances. The only two Chinese left in the qualifiers (not counting Marco Fu who's playing his first match today).

It was a good day for Master Steve Davis who beat Ian McCulloch 6-2 to book himsemlf a snooker meeting with PTC 5 champion Andrew Higginson, while PTC 3 winner, Ben Woollaston secured his presence in te last round after a 6-3 victory against Michael Holt.

Here is Day 3 list of results:

35 Rory McLeod 6-4 Adam Duffy
36 Gerard Greene 6-2 Jimmy Robertson
37 Steve Davis 6-2 Ian McCulloch
38 Nigel Bond 6-4 Tian Pengfei
39 Liang Wenbo 2-6 Michael White
40 Michael Holt 3-6 Ben Woollaston
41 Matthew Selt 6-3 Cao Yupeng
42 Mike Dunn 0-6 Xiao Guodong

43 Joe Jogia 6-5 Anthony McGill
44 Jamie Jones 6-5 Jimmy White
45 Alan McManus 4-6 Peter Lines
46 Jack Lisowksi 2-6 Li Yan
47 Robert Milkins v 6-5 David Gilbert
48 Dave Harold 3-6 Adrian Gunnell
49 Anthony Hamilton 6-4 Mark Joyce
50 Jamie Burnett 6-3 Tony Drago

The last day and the last matches. Can you smell the tension in the air?

51 Barry Hawkins v. Rory McLeod (Winner to play John Higgins at the venue)
52 Stephen Hendry v. Gerard Greene (Winner to play Stephen Maguire at the venue)
53 Andrew Higginson v. Steve Davis (Winner to play Ronnie O'Sullivan at the venue)
54 Dominic Dale v. Nigel Bond (Winner to play Judd Trump at the venue)
55 Mark Davis v. Michael White (Winner to play Ding Junhui  at the venue)
56 Marcus Campbell v. Ben Woollaston (Winner to play Matthew Stevens at the venue)
57 Mark King v. Matthew Selt (Winner to play Graeme Dott at the venue)
58 Tom Ford v. Xiao Guodong (Winner to play Neil Robertson at the venue)

59 Jamie Cope v. Joe Jogia (Winner to play Mark Williams at the venue)
60 Ricky Walden v. Jamie Jones (Winner to play Stephen Lee at the venue)
61 Ken Doherty v. Peter Lines (Winner to play Martin Gould at the venue)
62 Fergal O'Brien v. Li Yan (Winner to play Shaun Murphy at the venue)
63 Peter Ebdon v. Robert Milkins (Winner to play Ali Carter at the venue)
64 Joe Perry v. Adrian Gunnell (Winner to play Mark Allen at the venue)
65 Marco Fu v. Anthony Hamilton (Winner to play Stuart Bingham at the venue)
66 Ryan Day v. Jamie Burnett (Winner to play Mark Selby at the venue)
*all hours are UK time

Matches (although not all of them) can be followed on