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Hamza Akbar stuns Stuart Bingham at the Snooker Shoot-Out as O'Brien ends Hull's title defence

Akbar staged a superb fightback to defeat Bingham

Pakistan's Hamza Akbar pulled off a sensational scalp as he dumped top seed Stuart Bingham out of the Snooker Shoot-Out on Friday, while the likes of Jimmy White, Shaun Murphy and Mark Williams also progressed.

Akbar, the world number 103, battled back from behind to dump out last weekend's Welsh Open champion at the Watford Colosseum.

Bingham looked in control of their First Round contest as he opened up a 48-1 lead, but only for Akbar to overturn the deficit courtesy of a series of superb pots.

The afternoon's climax to Round One also saw 2013 Shoot-Out winner Martin Gould suffer an early exit as he went down 54-18 to Thailand's Noppon Saengkham.

World number 15 Kyren Wilson's barren run of results continued as he bowed out at the hands of 2015 UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace.

Veteran Irishman Fergal O'Brien recorded a dominant 79-0 whitewash of Ryan Day, while German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton produced an impressive display to ease past Gary Wilson.

Mark Williams won his all-Welsh clash with Jamie Jones, while last year's runner-up Luca Brecel sealed a narrow triumph over Lee Walker.

The evening session saw Jimmy White book his place in the Last 32 by the narrowest of margins as he edged out Chen Zhe by a single point in a topsy-turvy frame.

Second seed Shaun Murphy safely progressed as he overcame John Astley in the opening match of the night, while Scottish youngster Ross Muir pulled off a low-scoring win over Michael Holt.

Finland's Robin Hull saw his title defence brought to an end by Ireland's Fergal O'Brien in a low-scoring affair which was in contrast to that of Dominic Dale's win over Iran's Hossein Vafaei Ayouri.

Experience won the day as 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty defeated Chinese teenager Zhao Xintong, while English Open champion Liang Wenbo was knocked out at the hands of fellow countryman Cao Yupeng.

Saturday sees the remaining Second Round ties take place, with the action getting underway from 7pm GMT.

Coral Shoot-Out 2017 Results

Friday February 24

Round One

12pm-5pm
Aditya Mehta 35-45 Ken Doherty
Lee Walker 44-50 Luca Brecel
Andrew Higginson 65-34 Ian Preece
Rhys Clark 32-29 Rory McLeod
Fergal O'Brien 79-0 Ryan Day
Zhang Anda 39-67 Shaun Murphy
Liang Wenbo 109-1 Matthew Stevens
Alfie Burden 51-24 Ben Woollaston
Zak Surety 13-57 Robert Milkins
Ross Muir 43-32 Martin O'Donnell
Kurt Dunham 32-64 Stuart Carrington
David Gilbert 39-25 Wang Yuchen
Kyren Wilson 7-48 David Grace
Tian Pengfei 43-20 Peter Lines
Jimmy Robertson 94-17 Elliot Slessor
Allan Taylor 64-22 Christopher Keogan
Jamie Cope 16-68 Michael Georgiou
Hammad Miah 27-67 Ricky Walden
Ashley Hugill 66-32 Paul S Davison
Li Hang 54-13 Brandon Sargeant
Gary Wilson 8-61 Anthony Hamilton
Noppon Saengkham 54-18 Martin Gould
Hamza Akbar 53-48 Stuart Bingham
Jamie Jones 9-62 Mark Williams

Second Round

7pm-10pm
Shaun Murphy 56-8 John J Astley
Jason Weston 40-69 Alfie Burden
David John 13-50 Liam Highfield
Zhao Xintong 19-60 Ken Doherty
David Gilbert 40-6 Akani Songsermsawad
Rhys Clark 1-72 Jimmy Robertson
Mark King 52-23 Andrew Higginson
Michael Holt 8-30 Ross Muir
Jimmy White 45-44 Chen Zhe
Chris Wakelin 33-53 Jack Lisowski
Jamie Curtis-Barrett 12-30 Anthony McGill
Mark Joyce 23-32 Sam Craigie
Cao Yupeng 42-32 Liang Wenbo
Daniel Wells 52-42 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Dominic Dale 78-24 Hossein Vafaei Ayouri
Robin Hull 18-25 Fergal O'Brien


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Hamza Akbar stuns Stuart Bingham at the Snooker Shoot-Out as O'Brien ends Hull's title defence

Pakistan's Hamza Akbar pulled off a sensational scalp as he dumped top seed Stuart Bingham out of the Snooker Shoot-Out on Friday, while the likes of Jimmy White, Shaun Murphy and Mark Williams also progressed.

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