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Live Snooker on Sunday: Paul Hunter Classic 2017 Finals Day preview and order of play

World number 76 Mann is in uncharted territory on Sunday (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Mark Selby resumes the defence of his title against Michael White on the final day of the 2017 Paul Hunter Classic, while Shaun Murphy and Kyren Wilson also remain in the hunt to don the crown in Furth on Sunday.

It is Finals day at the Stadthalle where, after 128 players arrived here on Friday, the last 16 standing will battle it out over four rounds for the right to lift the trophy and collect the top prize of £20,000.

Reigning champion Selby is still on course for a fourth success in this event, having also won in 2011 and 2012, but will need to improve on his performance on Saturday, where he was forced to recover from 3-1 down to see off Joe Swail 4-3 in the third round.

Nevertheless, the world number one does boast a 100% record against Michael White, who will be aiming to secure a first victory over the Jester in four attempts.

2015 finalist Murphy, who won the event during the Pro-Am days in 2008 and 2009, faces a tricky fourth-round prospect in Zhao Xintong, with the rising Chinese star eager to progress beyond this stage of a ranking event for the first time.

The same can be said for Ian Burns ahead of his first Last-16 appearance since the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open. However, like Zhao, the Preston cueist faces a top-16 player in Kyren Wilson, who was ruthless on Saturday as he advanced to round four without dropping a single frame.

Selby is aiming for back-to-back titles in Furth (Warren Little/Getty Images)

Ben Woollaston and 2016 runner-up Tom Ford saw just three frames slip between them on Friday, as they set up an all-Leicester clash in the Last 16, while world number 22 Mark King prepares to take on Mark Joyce.

Elsewhere, Gary Wilson and Chris Wakelin are appearing in the Last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in almost a year ahead of their showdown as Peter Lines marks his return to the same stage after a four-year absence against Jamie Jones, who is aiming for back-to-back quarter-final appearances in Furth.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Mann and George Pragnall find themselves in uncharted territory in the other fourth-round clash.

World number 76 Mann is facing an amateur for the third time this weekend in Norwich’s Pragnall, who beat David Gilbert in an epic seven-frame thriller to progress late on Saturday.

Finals day gets underway at 9am BST at the Stadthalle in Furth on Sunday with all matches across the remaining four rounds being contested over the best of seven frames.

The final will take place at around 7pm, when the winner of the 2017 Paul Hunter Classic shall be crowned.

Paul Hunter Classic 2017 Schedule

 

Sunday August 27

Last 16

9am

277 Gary Wilson v Chris Wakelin

278 Peter Lines v Jamie Jones

279 Ben Woollaston v Tom Ford

280 Shaun Murphy v Zhao Xintong

281 Kyren Wilson v Ian Burns

282 Michael White v Mark Selby

283 George Pragnall v Mitchell Mann

284 Mark Joyce v Mark King

Quarter-Finals

12pm

285 Winner of Match 277 v Winner of Match 278

286 Winner of Match 279 v Winner of Match 280

287 Winner of Match 281 v Winner of Match 282

288 Winner of Match 283 v Winner of Match 284

Semi-Finals

3pm

289 Winner of Match 285 v Winner of Match 286

290 Winner of Match 287 v Winner of Match 288

Final

7pm

291 Winner of Match 289 v Winner of Match 290