Snooker - Nasir ousts Taylor while Swail beats Cook

Saqib Nasir won a remarkable match against Allan Taylor 5-4 in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open.

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Nasir found himself 4-0 down but regrouped and managed to rattle off the five remaining frames to progress to the next round, where he will join former professional Joe Swail.

Swail reached the World Championship semis twice - in 2000 and 2001 - and is notoriously inconsistent but made light work of Darren Cook, who he beat 5–2.

The event is the second major ranking tournament of the snooker season and an array of amateur and professional players took to the baize in a bid to join the 16 seeds in the main event.

The tournament is one of a select few to remain in the traditional style format, with the top 16 seeds automatically entering at the first round stage.

Among the notable names in qualifying action are Jimmy White - who secured his place in the Wuxi Classic earlier in the week - 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty and youngsters Michael White and Luca Brecel.

Thursday Results:

Ryan Clark 5 – 3 Vinnie Calabrese

Matthew Day (a) 5 – 2 Chris Norbury

Darrell Whitworth (a) 5 – 3 Mohamed Khairy [77]

Lee Page 5 – 3 Chris Wakelin

Noppon Saengkham 5 – 3 Andrew Pagett

Ross Muir 5 – 1 James Cahill

Li Yan [67] 5-1 Dylan Mitchell (a)

Daniel Wells [70] 5-1Mitchell Travis (a)

Craig Steadman [66] 5 - 3 Antony Parsons (a)

Saqib Nasir (a) 5 – 4 Allan Taylor

Elliot Slessor 5 – 4 Jamie Rhys Clarke (a)

Zak Surety (a) 5 - 4 Patrick Einsle

Simon Bedford [68] 5 – 1 Darryl Hill (a)

Kyren Wilson 5 – 2 Andrew Rogers (a)

Li Hang 5 – 1 Josh Boileau (a)

Jamie O'Neill [75] 5 – 1 Phil O'Kane (a)

Gareth Green (a) 5 – 4 Jak Jones

Michael Leslie [76] 5 – 3 Phil Barnes (a)

Joel Walker [73] 5 – 3 Oliver Brown (a)

Scott Donaldson [72] 5 - 3 Shane Castle (a)

Joe Swail 5 – 2 Darren Cook (a)

Stuart Carrington 5 – 1 Mitchell Mann (a)

Tony Drago [65] 5 – 2 Christopher Keogan (a)

Gary Wilson 5 – 0 Dylan Craig (a)

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