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Live Snooker on Wednesday October 31: International Championship Day Four preview and order of play

Mark Allen looks on (credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The 2018 International Championship enters its business end in Daqing on Wednesday as the 16 remaining hopefuls look to remain in the running for glory.

The most lucrative ranking tournament held outside the UK has already witnessed a number of upsets this week, with Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson and Barry Hawkins among the big names to suffer early exits.

The Third Round ties are to be held across two sessions on Wednesday, with the pick of the opening session fixtures featuring a clash between young attacking talents Judd Trump and Yan Bingtao.

Trump is bidding to replicate his historic triumph in the inaugural International Championship back in 2012 and is out to secure a spot in only his second ranking Quarter-Final of the season.

Trump has looked in ruthless form so far this week, whitewashing Alan McManus 6-0 in Round One before sweeping aside Michael Holt 6-1.

Yan is now firmly established among the world's top 32 and is out to follow up his landmark run to the Semi-Finals of this event 12 months ago with another strong challenge on home soil.

The 18-year-old sensation whitewashed veteran Jimmy White before holding his nerve to edge out Ryan Day in a last-frame decider and now takes on Trump for only the second time in ranking competition, having suffered a 5-1 defeat in the Last 16 of September's China Championship.

Mark Selby steps up his quest for a third consecutive International Championship crown when he takes on Grimsby's Stuart Carrington.

Selby is bidding to claim his second ranking title of the season, following on from the China Championship and is now 14 matches unbeaten in this competition.

Carrington began the season in style by reaching the Semi-Finals of the Riga Masters and has advanced to the Last 16 in Daqing courtesy of 6-4 and 6-5 wins over Anthony McGill and Ian Burns respectively.

Rapidly rising Jack Lisowski aims to book his place in a fifth Quarter-Final in seven ranking event appearances this season by overcoming former German Masters champion Martin Gould.

Gould enjoyed a 6-3 scalp of Barry Hawkins in the last round and victory over in-form Lisowski would see him reach a first ranking Quarter-Final of what has been a disappointing 2018 by his standards.

David Gilbert, International Championship runner-up in 2015 and a beaten finalist in this year's World Open, aims to continue his turnaround after three consecutive Last 64 exits when he takes on Martin O'Donnell.

World number 66 O'Donnell was a quarter-finalist at the China Championship and will be riding high after a 6-0 whitewash of Tom Ford in Round Two.

The stand-out tie of the second session sees China's number one Ding Junhui up against two-time world finalist Matthew Stevens.

Ding lifted this trophy in 2013 and was runner-up in 2016 and is making only his fourth competitive appearance of the season, having only featured in events in his homeland.

Ding has seen off compatriots Zhang Anda and Zhao Xintong 6-4 en route to the Quarter-Finals and has won all eight of his previous meetings with Stevens, notably defeating the Welshman in both years he reached the final of this event.

Two of the tournament's most prolific break-builders go head-to-head as Masters Champion Mark Allen takes on a resurgent Alfie Burden.

Allen produced a tremendous 146 break in his 6-3 win over Hossein Vafaei on Tuesday as well as a 142, taking his tally of centuries for the week to five.

Burden, the lowest-ranked player left standing in the competition, has rolled back the years to thrash Sam Baird 6-2 and whitewash David Lilley 6-0, producing a high break of 142 in his opener.

Neil Robertson, the 2012 runner-up, aims to continue his challenge for the £175,000 title by dispatching emerging talent Yuan Sijun.

Robertson is out to reach his first ranking Quarter-Final since July's Riga Masters - a tournament which he went on to win - and the Australian ace dug deep to close out a 6-5 victory over his practice partner Joe Perry in the Last 32.

Sijun, 18, embarked on a brilliant run to the Last Eight of the China Championship before losing out to eventual champion Selby and has already seen off Kyren Wilson and Xiao Guodong this week for the combined loss of just three frames.

Sunny Akani followed up his First Round giant-killing of Mark Williams by defeating Zhou Yuelong 6-4 and now looks to continue his charge at the expense of Ali Carter.

Carter began with a 6-0 whitewash of Kurt Maflin before seeing off Stephen Maguire 6-4 and is out to make it back-to-back Quarter-Finals in Daqing.

The action gets underway from 6.30am GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 frames.

International Championship 2018 Match Schedule


All times GMT (Local time eight hours ahead)

Wednesday October 31

Last 16

6.30am
Mark Selby v Stuart Carrington
Martin Gould v Jack Lisowski
Yan Bingtao v Judd Trump
Martin O'Donnell v David Gilbert

11.30am
Neil Robertson v Yuan Sijun
Matthew Stevens v Ding Junhui
Alfie Burden v Mark Allen
Ali Carter v Akani Songsermsawad


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