Wednesday was a very successful day in the first event of Q School 2017.
Three of the five English Amateur Tour winners were in action and all three made it through to round 2
David Lilley was first up with a tough test against the young Anthony Jeffers from Merseyside. David seemed to be coasting at 3-0 but a fightback from Ant made it 3-2 and for all the world a decider looked on the cards. However, David managed to take control again and ran out a pleased and slightly relieved 4-2 winner
Next up was Kuldesh Johal who was facing a nimble footed 57 year old Mike Hallett. (I must say I was slightly dissapointed that Mike didn't provide a running commentary)
Mike looked comfortable as he took the first frame and looked like taking the next, but Kuldesh cleared from the brown to steal a win. Kuldesh then took the next three frames to win 4-1.
The last pairing of the day saw Steven Hallworth take on a young Chinese lad, Zhang Jiankang, who at 18 looks every inch another prospect. However, Steven, one of most people's picks to earn himself a place back on the tour, let his silky smooth cue action and experience do the talking and he took the match 4-0.
Thursday wasn't quite the same.
Lewis Gillen was due to play at 9am but got stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway and didn't get there in time to play. Nightmare!
Friday afternoon sees Luke Simmonds start his campaign against Saqib Nasir who overcame Josh Cooper in Round 1 in a nile biting 4-3 match.