Teenage sensation Stan Moody enjoyed a dream debut at the 2022 Snooker Shoot Out by defeating Lu Ning in Leicester on Thursday.
The 15-year-old, making his first appearance in a televised event, thrilled a lively Leicester crowd by defeating 2020 UK Championship semi-finalist Lu by 53 points to 27.
The Halifax youngster has already won the 2019 English Under-14 Championship and looked at ease on the TV table as he produced a number of impressive pots on his way to a memorable victory.
He will be joined in Saturday’s Second Round draw by a host of top names, including reigning World Champion Mark Selby – who edged out Li Hang by 43 points to 38 to triumph on home soil.
Three-time World Champion Mark Williams ran out a comfortable 59-1 winner over Stuart Carrington, while 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy staged a superb fightback to deny Chang Bingyu by just a single point after his opponent had made a half century.
The opening match of the tournament saw defending champion Ryan Day dumped out by fellow Welshman Jak Jones, while Ali Carter enjoyed a dominant 81-0 whitewash of Matthew Stevens.
Allan Taylor produced the only century of the day and the 23rd in Shoot Out history as he fired in a break of 103 on his way to victory over Liam Davies.
Jack Lisowski was also in fine form as he compiled a break of 89 in dispatching Leicester cueist Ben Woollaston, as Scottish youngster Dean Young made a 60 break on his way to an 89-32 victory over Lyu Haotian.
Reanne Evans, who was recently awarded an MBE, paid the price for failing to hit a cushion as Fan Zhengyi punished with a 52 break to claim victory.
Paul Deaville, who reached the Last 16 of the recent English Open as an amateur, marked his Shoot Out debut with a 59-50 success over Chen Zifan.
Ricky Walden bowed out of the competition at the hands of Zak Surety, while Nigel Bond came out on top in the battle of the former Shoot Out champions as he defeated Martin Gould 49-3.
Snooker Shoot Out 2022 Day One Results
Thursday January 20
Ryan Day 23-50 Jak Jones
Allan Taylor 103-3 Liam Davies
Jimmy Robertson 15-21 Simon Blackwell
Dylan Emery 45-48 Simon Lichtenberg
Lu Ning 27-53 Stan Moody
Ali Carter 81-0 Matthew Stevens
Craig Steadman 44-19 Gerard Greene
Pang Junxu 20-39 Cao Yupeng
James Cahill 16-64 Jackson Page
Martin Gould 3-49 Nigel Bond
Dominic Dale 32-36 Oliver Lines
Jamie O’Neill 40-41 Liang Wenbo
Gao Yang 64-35 Jamie Wilson
John J Astley 14-71 Ian Burns
Haydon Pinhey 33-35 Farakh Ajaib
Chang Bingyu 50-51 Shaun Murphy
Mark Selby 43-38 Li Hang
Paul Deaville 59-50 Chen Zifan
Michael Judge 22-29 Mark Lloyd
Fraser Patrick 6-64 Andrew Higginson
Sunny Akani 24-29 David Gilbert
Ross Bulman 75-1 Martin O’Donnell
Aaron Hill 50-8 Lee Walker
Stuart Carrington 1-59 Mark Williams
Lyu Haotian 32-89 Dean Young
Ricky Walden 27-54 Zak Surety
Leo Fernandez 38-1 Fergal O’Brien
Ben Woollaston 7-89 Jack Lisowski
Peter Lines 38-33 Joe O’Connor
Lei Peifan 40-22 Alfie Burden
Reanne Evans 1-100 Fan Zhengyi
Rod Lawler 3-52 Elliot Slessor