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Shanghai Masters qualifiers 2015 Day One preview and order of play - Road to China begins in Barnsley

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 4 Aug 2015
Leeds ace Oliver Lines in action (credit:World Snooker)

The qualifying rounds of the 2015 Shanghai Masters commence on Wednesday, with 46 players aiming to kick-start their bid to reach the second world ranking event of the season.

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The new snooker season is gathering pace as a host of hopefuls return to the baize following last weekend's Riga Open, with all determined to seal their spot in next month's lucrative main event.

A far cry from Shanghai, the qualifying stages will take place in South Yorkshire, with players required to win between one and four matches in order to confirm their progression.

Unlike the majority of major ranking events, the Shanghai Masters continues to incorporate the old-style structured draw format, meaning the top 16 in the world rankings are seeded to the venue, while players enter the fray in qualifying according to their ranking position.

The pick of the morning's ties features a fascinating clash of generations as 53-year-old Jimmy White meets 20-year-old sensation - Oliver Lines. 

Six-time World finalist White remains the oldest player on the main tour and is battling to retain his Tour Card this season following a barren run of results over the past 12 months.

Lines, son of fellow professional Peter, is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the sport, having reached the final of an Asian Tour event and landed the 'Rookie of the Year' award last season.

Former Mosconi Cup pool star Chris Melling takes on Welsh star Daniel Wells, while young guns Michael Wasley and James Cahill collide - with both having taken big-name scalps at the World Championship and UK Championship respectively.

Quick-fire Malta cueist Tony Drago enjoyed a fine win over Robin Hull at the Riga Open last weekend and aims to replicate that display when he meets Scotland's Ross Muir.

Iran's Hossein Vafaei Ayouri takes on Londoner Alfie Burden, while the afternoon session also features a live clash between Jamie Cope and the highly rated Mitchell Mann.

An all-Sheffield clash in the evening sees Joel Walker up against Adam Duffy, while China's Lu Ning takes on Sandersom Lam.

Australian ace Vinnie Calabrese meets Malaysia's Thor Chuan Leong - who enjoyed his first win in a professional event in Latvia at the weekend.

The action gets underway at 10am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine frames from the Barnsley Metrodome.

Shanghai Masters qualifiers match schedule

(LS = live streamed)

Wednesday August 5

Round One

10am
1 Ian Burns v Sean O'Sullivan
2 Zhou Yuelong v Hammad Miah
3 Craig Steadman v Kuldesh Johal
4 Oliver Lines v Jimmy White (LS) 
5 Michael Wasley v James Cahill
6 Zhang Anda v Andy Hicks (LS)
7 Liam Highfield v Michael Wild
8 Chris Melling v Daniel Wells

2.30pm
9 Tony Drago v Ross Muir (LS)
10 Zak Surety v Jason Weston
11 Hossein Vafaei Ayouri v Alfie Burden
12 Rhys Clark v Paul S Davison
13 Lyu Chenwei v Leo Fernandez
14 Allan Taylor w/o Hamza Akbar
15 Mitchell Mann v Jamie Cope (LS)
16 Martin O'Donnell v Jake Nicholson

7pm
17 Lu Ning v Sanderson Lam (LS)
18 Scott Donaldson v Jordan Brown
19 Lee Walker v Ashley Hugill
20 Michael Leslie v Luke Simmonds
21 Barry Pinches v Gareth Allen
22 Michael Georgiou v Alex Taubman
23 Joel Walker v Adam Duffy (LS)
24 Vinnie Calabrese v Thor Chuan Leong


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