Veteran Davis and teen Brecel reach UK Championships
Steve Davis defeated Jamie Burnett 6-2 in Shefffield to reach the UK Championships, while young stars Jack Lisowski and Luca Brecel also qualified.
The 55-year-old Davis, winner of six world championships during the 1980s, continued a fine run of recent form with the four-frame victory over world number 35 Burnett, sealing the victory with a majestic 141 century break.
Belgian prodigy Brecel, who at the age of 17 is young enough to be Davis’s grandson, took the scalp of another English former Crucible kingpin when he comprehensively defeated Peter Ebdon 6-1.
Joining the duo in the main draw from the morning session of final qualifiers was Lisowski, the 21-year-old who recorded his first career 147 in the previous round, after a 6-4 win over Joe Perry.
Mark Joyce and Cao Yupeng also upset the rankings to defeat Marcus Campbell and Jamie Cope respectively 6-4.
Tom Ford hit a 133 on his way to a 6-1 romp over Yu Delu in the evening session, although the Chinese managed a 129 of his own to claim his only frame in the one-sided match-up.
Indeed, the late action was not short of big breaks, with Marco Fu making a 132 and a 123 in his 6-2 win over Rod Lawler while Ryan Day managed an impressive 120 as he beat Matthew Selt 6-3.
Rounding off the evening session, Liang Wenbo crushed Andrew Higginson in a 6-0 whitewash while former world champion Ken Doherty had his hopes ended by Michael White, who won 6-3.
All the winners of the fourth preliminary round matches now advance to the tournament at York’s Barbican Centre from December 1-9.
Friday qualifying results – round four:
Jamie Cope 4-6 Mark Joyce
Jamie Burnett 2-6 Steve Davis
Joe Perry 4-6 Jack Lisowski
Fergal O'Brien 6-4 Dave Gilbert
Mark King 6-0 Xiao Guodong
Peter Ebdon 1-6 Luca Brecel
Martin Gould 6-3 Ben Woollaston
Robert Milkins 6-5 Rory McLeod
Michael Holt 6-1 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Marcus Campbell 4-6 Cao Yupeng
Dominic Dale 6-2 Ian Burns
Marco Fu 6-2 Rod Lawler
Tom Ford 6-1 Yu Delu
Andrew Higginson 0-6 Liang Wenbo
Ryan Day 6-3 Matthew Selt
Ken Doherty 3-6 Michael White
First Round draw:
Judd Trump v Mark Joyce
Ali Carter v Steve Davis
Stuart Bingham v Jack Lisowski
Stephen Maguire v Fergal O'Brien
Mark Williams v Mark King
Ricky Walden v Luca Bracel
Graeme Dott v Martin Gould
Shaun Murphy v Robert Milkins
John Higgind v Michael Holt
Mark Davis v Cao Yupeng
Matthew Stevens v Dominic Dale
Mark Allen v Marco Fu
Neil Robertson v Tom Ford
Barry Hawkins v Liang Wenbo
Ding Junhui v Ryan Day
Mark Selby v Michael White