The second day of the Riga Masters qualifying takes place on Tuesday when another bunch of players get their campaign underway and look to win the one match which they need to do in order to make it into the main event.
We saw some big names go through on Monday and a few more take to the green baize on Tuesday as another four sessions of best-of-seven action take place as we reach the halfway mark of this qualifying competition.
There are only three matches in the morning session on Tuesday and to be fair it is fairly low grade stuff. There is one bigger name attraction in the form of Xiao Guodong. He faces the unknown Chae Ross in a match he should be winning while elsewhere Hamza Akbar meets Alexander Ursenbacher with Riley Parsons going up against the German player who failed to come through Q-School in Lukas Kleckers.
Early Afternoon Session
Graeme Dott is the big name on show in the early afternoon session. He goes up against Robbie Williams on a match sure to be on the streamed tables. The other match among the streamed cameras sees Michael White playing the Polish professional Adam Stefanow. Elsewhere there are a couple of other games which sees Andy Lee taking on Christopher Keogan and Lei Peifan facing up against Allan Taylor.
Late Afternoon Session
Stephen Maguire gets his season underway in the third of the four sessions of action on Tuesday. He meets Liam Highfield on a match almost guaranteed to be on a streamed table with the other streamed match likely to see Sam Baird going up against Mark Joyce. There is another extremely competitive match on show on the outside tables where Stuart Carrington meets Andrew Higginson. Brandon Sargeant takes on Ashley Carty in the other match.
Jack Lisowski will look to get his campaign off to a winning start. The man who was beaten in the final of this tournament last year will meet David Lilley on one of the streamed tables with the Shootout champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh on the other streamed one when he faces Eden Sharav. There is a competitive match between Craig Steadman and Dominic Dale with the other match on the day seeing two Scots going at it when Scott Donaldson goes up against Fraser Patrick.
There isn’t a whole lot that I like over the course of the day on Tuesday. I took the chance on a few Q-School graduates against big names on Monday but that plan certainly didn’t work so I’m going to take one bet on Tuesday and it will come in the form of the evening session match between Craig Steadman and Dominic Dale.
I like Steadman in that match up. The two met towards the end of last season in the China Open where Steadman won in a deciding leg but he is very much in the middle of his career whereas Dale was on about retiring at the end of last season had he dropped off the tour. He didn’t fall off but you have to wonder just what motivation he has left at this stage of his career. It has been a while since we’ve seen anything close to his best snooker and so the man more in his prime has to be the selection here.
WON – Back C.Steadman to beat D.Dale for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with Betway