Australian Open 2012 (the qualifiers) - Day 2

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Barry Pinches wins his first match on the black
The cue-crossings continued yesterday too, the "Thai gang" not finding too much difficulty in flying into the third round, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh beating Adam Duffy 5-3, while Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon hammered Craig Steadman 5-1.

Still, for Passakorn Suwannawat, things didn't go too bright, Mitchell Mann ending the cue battle in his favour with a 5-2 scoreline.

Interestingly enough, the only Chinese player who survived the second day of the Australian Open qualifiers was Cao Yupeng, who beat Alfie Burden 5-2. As for Yu Delu, Tian Pengfei and Li Yan the race ended before it even started.

Kurt Maflin took a pretty good start by obtaining a 5-4 victory over Robbie Williams, while the mighty Maltese player Tony Drago recorded a 5-1 scoreline by taking one Duane Jones.

The day ended late in the night with Martin O'Donnell and his 5-3 victory over David Grace, but also with one of the most exciting matches of these qualifying rounds, starring players Barry Pinches and Aditya Mehta.

There's no secret that Pinches had a really good run during the Wuxi Classic qualifiers (before losing 5-0 to Tom Ford in the last round) and it seems he's determined to continue it, last night the player that won one of the first PTC events two years ago, winning the battle against the Indian player by 5-4, on the black.

On his FaceBook account, Barry said that "22 years as a pro and have not played in a better quality match".

Also with victories written on their forehead, we have Rod Lawler, who beat Mark Joyce by an amazing 5-0 scoreline, Sam Baird who took a great 5-3 start against Andy Hicks, but also Michael White who scored 5-2 by facing Simon Bedford.

 Below you can check Day Two complete list of results:

Round 2

17) Adam Duffy 3-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
18) Passakorn Suwannawat 2-5 Mitchell Mann
19) Kurt Maflin 5-4 Robbie Williams
20) Craig Steadman 1-5 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
21) Simon Bedford 2-5 Michael Wild
22) Alfie Burden 2-5 Cao Yupeng

23) Andy Hicks 3-5 Sam Baird
24) Yu De Lu 2-5 Michael Wasley
25) Dechawat Poomjaeng 5-4 Tian Pengfei
26) James Wattana 5-2 Fraser Patrick
27) Liam Highfield 5-2 Ian Burns

28) Tony Drago 5-1 Duane Jones
29) Barry Pinches 5-4 Aditya Mehta
30) Li Yan 1-5 Pankaj Advani
31) Mark Joyce 0-5 Rod Lawler
32) David Grace 3-5 Martin O'Donnell

Today, the battles of cues continue with:

Round 3

33) Matthew Selt v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
34) Michael White v Mitchell Mann
35) Xiao Guodong v Kurt Maflin
36) Peter Lines v Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
37) Steve Davis v Michael Wild
38) Mike Dunn v Cao Yupeng
39) Dave Harold v Sam Baird
40) Nigel Bond v Michael Wasley
41) Anthony McGill v Dechewat Poomjaeng
42) Jimmy Robertson v James Wattana
43) Jimmy White v Liam Highfield w/o

44) Alan McManus v Tony Drago
45) Ben Woollaston v Barry Pinches
46) Liu Chuang v Pankaj Advani
47) Gerard Greene v Rod Lawler
48) David Gilbert v Martin O'Donnell