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Live Snooker on Friday: International Championship Qualifiers 2017 Day Four preview and order of play

Judd Trump aims to return to winning ways (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Judd Trump aims to return to winning ways (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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.

'The Rocket' returns to action (Photo by World Snooker)

‘The Rocket’ returns to action (Photo by World Snooker)

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

9.30am

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

2.30pm

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

7.30pm

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