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Live Snooker on Friday - Shanghai Masters Qualifiers Day Four preview and order of play

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 1 Sep 2016
Scotland's Stephen Maguire plays a shot (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The qualifying stages of the 2016 Shanghai Masters draw to a close on Friday with the fourth and final round of action taking place in Barnsley.

The 32-man field for the season's fifth world ranking event will be confirmed following Friday's triple-header, with the 16 successful qualifiers joining the world's top 16 at the Grand Stage later this month.

At the request of sponsors and broadcasters, the Shanghai Masters is one of the only events still to deploy the traditional qualifying format based on ranking position, meaning those ranked 17-32 require just one win to seal their spot in the main event.



The pick of the fourth round ties includes an all-Chinese clash between UK Championship runner-up Liang Wenbo and in-form Zhang Anda as they vie for a place in their home event.

Wenbo famously reached the final in Shanghai seven years ago, losing out to Ronnie O'Sullivan, but must overcome three-time Crucible qualifier Anda if he is to secure a return.

Former Welsh Open finalist Ben Woollaston is also handed a tough test as he gets set to face a resurgent Jack Lisowski - who has already seen off Chinese duo Chen Zhe and Zhao Xintong en route to this stage.

Jack Lisowski in action (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Two vastly experienced professionals face off as Michael Holt meets Mark King, with just seven places separating the pair in the Order of Merit.

Two-time China Open champion Peter Ebdon takes on young gun Scott Donaldson, while International Championship finalist David Gilbert meets this week's surprise package - Ian Preece - who earned a Tour Card at Q School in May.

Indian Open champion Anthony McGill bids to overcome York's Paul Davison, as Welsh ace Michael White hosts Jimmy Robertson - who received a bye into the final round after his third round opponent Xiao Guodong failed to show up for their match on Thursday.

World number 20 Stephen Maguire is handed a tasty tie with Cheshire's Andrew Higginson, while Norway's Kurt Maflin takes on World Seniors champion Mark Davis. 

World Championship semi-finalist Alan McManus and Welsh hotshot Jamie Jones collide in arguably the pick of the afternoon's fixtures, while quick-fire Gloucester cueist Robert Milkins hosts Sheffield's Adam Duffy.

The evening session sees 2006 Crucible king Graeme Dott aiming to seal another trip to Shanghai by overcoming a resurgent Mei Xi Wen, as Belgian ace Luca Brecel meets Grimsby's Stuart Carrington.

German Masters champion Martin Gould, Welshman Ryan Day and Matthew Selt are among the other established stars aiming to confirm their latest trip to China.

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

Shanghai Masters qualifiers 2016 match schedule

Friday September 2

Round Four

10am
81 Michael Holt v Mark King
82 Liang Wenbo v Zhang Anda
83 Peter Ebdon v Scott Donaldson
84 Anthony McGill v Paul Davison
85 Ben Woollaston v Jack Lisowski
86 Michael White v Jimmy Robertson

2.30pm
87 Robert Milkins v Adam Duffy
88 Stephen Maguire v Andrew Higginson
89 Alan McManus v Jamie Jones
90 David Gilbert v Ian Preece
91 Mark Davis v Kurt Maflin

7pm
92 Matthew Selt v Hammad Miah
93 Ryan Day v Nigel Bond
94 Graeme Dott v Mei Xi Wen
95 Luca Brecel v Stuart Carrington
96 Martin Gould v Matthew Stevens


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