Davis and Brecel Among UK Championship Qualifiers

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UK Championship Qualifiers 2012 Live Scores and Match Order of Play

17-year-old Luca Brecel produced four stunning performances to seal his UK Championship debut (credit: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

17-year-old Luca Brecel produced four stunning performances to seal his UK Championship debut (credit: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Six-time World Champion Steve Davis and Belgian prodigy Luca Brecel were among the stars to book their place in the final stages of the 2012 UK Championship after winning through the qualifying event on Friday.

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The four-day qualifying event, held at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield, culminated on Friday with 16 players booking their places in round one of snooker’s second biggest televised ranking tournament next month.

Snooker legend Steve Davis sealed his spot in the main event for the second year running after rolling back the years with two stunning victories.

The Nugget, who has also lifted the UK title six times, recovered from 4-1 down to edge out Indian ace Pankaj Advani 6-5 in a last frame decider, before thrashing Jamie Burnett 6-2 to confirm his progression, wrapping up the win with a majestic 141 break.

The 55-year-old lost out to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round at the venue last year and faces another tough opener against world finalist Ali Carter this time around.

Young sensation Luca Brecel ensured a dream double debut in 2012 by winning four consecutive matches to set up a clash with Wuxi Classic champion Ricky Walden.

The 17-year-old, who appeared at the Crucible for the first time in April, disposed of Scott Donaldson, Peter Lines and Liu Chuang, before sensationally thrashing a helpless Peter Ebdon 6-1 in the fourth and final qualifying round.

Mark Joyce will appear in the event for only the second time after he defeated Jamie Cope 6-4, and the world number 50 has the task of entertaining reigning champion Judd Trump in round one.

Trump’s flatmate Jack Lisowski capped off a memorable qualifying campaign with a 6-4 victory over Joe Perry; Lisowski fired in a superb 147 break on Thursday and will be hoping to continue in that vein when he faces Stuart Bingham at the Barbican.

Mark King produced a welcomed bout of resurgence as he whitewashed China’s Xiao Guodong to set up a clash with Mark Williams, meanwhile emerging Welsh star Michael White confirmed his debut in this year’s event after seeing off 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty.

Chinese duo Cao Yupeng and Liang Wenbo enjoyed fine results in round four to win though, as did the likes of Michael Holt, Tom Ford and Martin Gould.

The 16 successful cueists will join 16 of the world’s top stars in the star-studded ¬£627,500 event at the York Barbican from December 1-9.

UK Championship Qualifying Results (Round 4 onwards)

49) Jamie Cope 4-6 Mark Joyce

50) Jamie Burnett 2-6 Steve Davis

51) Joe Perry 4-6 Jack Lisowski

52) Fergal O’Brien 6-2 Dave Gilbert

53) Mark King 6-0 Xiao Guodong

54) Peter Ebdon 1-6 Luca Brecel

55) Martin Gould 6-3 Ben Woollaston

56) Robert Milkins 6-5 Rory McLeod

57) Michael Holt 6-1 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

58) Marcus Campbell 4-6 Cao Yupeng

59) Dominic Dale 6-2 Ian Burns

60) Marco Fu 6-2 Rod Lawler

61) Tom Ford 6-1 Yu Delu

62) Andrew Higginson 0-6 Liang Wenbo

63) Ryan Day 6-3 Matthew Selt

64) Ken Doherty 3-6 Michael White

William Hill UK Championship First Round Draw

Judd Trump Mark Joyce

Ali Carter v Steve Davis

Stuart Bingham v Jack Lisowski

Stephen Maguire v Fergal O’Brien

Mark Williams v Mark King

Ricky Walden v Luca Brecel

Graeme Dott v Martin Gould

Shaun Murphy v Robert Milkins

John Higgins v Michael Holt

Mark Davis v Cao Yupeng

Matthew Stevens v Dominic Dale

Mark Allen v Marco Fu

Neil Robertson v Tom Ford

Barry Hawkins v Liang Wenbo

Ding Junhui v Ryan Day

Mark Selby v Michael White