The qualifying stage of the 2017 International Championship draws to a close on Friday as a host of big names aim to secure their place in October’s lucrative main event.
The qualifying criteria requires the majority of players to win through one qualifying round in order to seal a trip to Daqing for the Last 64 from October 29 to November.
This, however, is with the exception of Mark Selby, Yu Delu, Ding Junhui, Zhou Yuelong, Liang Wenbo, Zhao Xintong, Yan Bingtao and John Higgins – whose matches have been held over to the venue.
Ronnie O’Sullivan takes centre stage on Friday as he marks only his second competitive appearance of the season with a clash against Northern Ireland’s Gerard Greene in the evening session.
Crowd favourite O’Sullivan has slipped to 13th in the Order of Merit and will be eyeing a strong run in this major ranking event to kick-start his campaign.
He returns to the scene of his iconic 1993 UK Championship triumph – the Preston Guild Hall – to face former Players Championship finalist Greene, who has struggled for results after regaining his Tour Card via the EBSA Play-offs at the back end of last season.
Elsewhere, Judd Trump, inaugural winner of this tournament in 2012, looks to safely overcome EBSA European Champion Chris Totten in order to seal a return to Daqing.
A battle of the generations sees 45-year-old Dominic Dale up against young Welsh compatriot Jackson Page – the 16-year-old sensation who burst onto the scene in this year’s Welsh Open.
Last week’s World Open runner-up Kyren Wilson makes a swift return to action as he looks to avert a potential banana skin at the hands of Scotland’s Rhys Clark.
China Championship winner Luca Brecel aims to continue his red hot run of form when he runs in to Allan Taylor – who was beaten 5-2 by Mark Allen in the Last 32 of the recent World Open.
Jack Lisowski will be wary of the threat posed by emerging German star Lukas Kleckers ahead of their show-down, while in-form Li Hang comes up against Iran’s Soheil Vahedi.
Paul Hunter Classic champion Michael White faces fellow young gun Eden Sharav, as Sam Baird bids to see off Chinese outsider Li Yuan.
China Open semi-finalist Hossein Vafaei takes on Welsh hopeful Duane Jones, meanwhile German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton has been drawn to face Leeds-based cueist Sanderson Lam.
Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham takes on China’s Niu Zhuang in the afternoon session, while Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King meets talented youngster Christopher Keogan.
Oliver Lines starts out as strong favourite to deny Pakistan’s Hamza Akbar, while Leicester’s Ben Woollaston faces world number 82 Jak Jones.
The action gets underway from 9.30am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 frames at The Preston Guild Hall.
International Championship Qualifiers 2017 Match Schedule
Friday September 29
40 Li Hang v Soheil Vahedi
47 Hossein Vafaei v Duane Jones
50 Jack Lisowski v Lukas Kleckers
51 Michael White v Eden Sharav
59 Sam Baird v Li Yuan
28 Kyren Wilson v Rhys Clark
31 Oliver Lines v Hamza Akbar
42 Mark King v Christopher Keogan
46 Anthony Hamilton v Sanderson Lam
60 Luca Brecel v Allan Taylor
63 Noppon Saengkham v Niu Zhuang
33 Judd Trump v Chris Totten
53 Ronnie O’Sullivan v Gerard Greene
61 Dominic Dale v Jackson Page
62 Ben Woollaston v Jak Jones