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English Open Snooker 2021 | Day Four Preview and Order of Play

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Wonderful Kyren Wilson clearance beats Ben Woollaston at the English Open

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Brilliant Yan Bingtao withstands Mark Selby fightback to progress at the English Open

Judd Trump gets his Crucible campaign under way (Photo by George Wood/PA Images)

Judd Trump resumes his English Open title defence against Ross Muir as the third and fourth round take centre stage in Milton Keynes on Thursday.

The world number one headlines an action-packed day at the Marshall Arena, where the remaining 24 players will be whittled down to eight by the conclusion of play.

Following his 4-1 victory over Steven Hallworth on Wednesday, Trump has now won each of his last 10 matches at the English Open.

The Ace continues his quest for a fifth Home Nations title against former professional Muir, who has dropped just a single frame this week and enjoyed a commanding 4-0 whitewash of compatriot Anthony McGill in round three.

Elsewhere, there is a battle of the former finalists as 2020 runner-up Neil Robertson faces 2018 silver medallist Mark Davis, who is making his first appearance in the fourth round of this event since reaching the showpiece three years ago.

Having prevailed against Ben Woollaston on the final black, 2017 runner-up Kyren Wilson will be hoping for a much smoother passage against 2020 quarter-finalist Robbie Williams.

Meanwhile, teenage sensation Paul Deaville is aiming to continue his fairytale run in Milton Keynes.

The English Under-16 champion, who turned 17 last week, looks to build on his wins over Chang Bingyu and Zhao Xintong when he plays former Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King.

Looking to join them in round four is Ronnie O’Sullivan. The Rocket takes on former German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton, who is appearing in the third round for the first time since reaching the 2016 quarter-finals.

World champion Mark Selby faces practice partner Chris Wakelin, who is fresh from a hugely impressive 4-0 whitewash of Stephen Hendry.

John Higgins looks to reach the last 16 for the fifth time in as many appearances when he locks horns with Lu Ning, while Masters champion Yan Bingtao takes on Championship League winner David Gilbert.

Shaun Murphy and Ding Junhui are aiming to progress beyond the fourth round of this event for the first time.

Murphy plays Fraser Patrick, who is eyeing his first appearance in the last 16 of a ranking event, as Ding plays Martin Gould.

Play gets underway at 1pm GMT on Thursday with all matches contested over the best of seven frames at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

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English Open 2021 Schedule of Play

Thursday November 4

Last 32

1pm
59 Jamie Clarke v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
60 Li Hang v Luca Brecel
61 Shaun Murphy v Fraser Patrick
65 Mark Selby v Chris Wakelin

2pm
58 Ronnie O’Sullivan v Anthony Hamilton
62 John Higgins v Lu Ning
63 Ding Junhui v Martin Gould
64 Yan Bingtao v David Gilbert

Last 16

7pm
66 Judd Trump v Ross Muir
67 Mark King v Paul Deaville
68 Kyren Wilson v Robbie Williams
69 Neil Robertson v Mark Davis

8pm
70 Winner of Match 58 v Winner of Match 59
71 Winner of Match 60 v Winner of Match 61
72 Winner of Match 62 v Winner of Match 63
73 Winner of Match 64 v Winner of Match 65