Final 16 attracts


Only 16 players remain in the BetVictor Shoot Out and the champion will be crowned at 11pm on Sunday night.

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The choice in the fourth round will be made by the three-time world champion Mark Williams against the shoot-out king Thepchaiya Un-Nooh from 2019.

Williams celebrated one final win over Xiao Guodong in the last 32 to bolster his hopes of reaching the finals of that event for the first time. With ten seconds to go and a tie between 28 and 28, Xiao played a casual safety shot, giving Williams a chance of a red hit in a corner he struck when the clock struck zero.

Thailand's Un-Nooh celebrated a far more comfortable win, beating Hamim Hussain with a break of 91.

Williams, Un-Nooh, Mark Selby, Mark Allen and David Gilbert all want to be the first player in the top 16 in the world to win this event.

Three amateurs are still in the draw: Craig Steadman, Ian Martin and Declan Lavery from Northern Ireland. Martin followed Sunny Akani 15: 5 with 70 seconds to go, but was very lucky when a red attempt in an upper corner flicked off another red and went inside. He added pink, red and blue to get the win.

Hayden Pinhey almost joined them when he led Lyu Haotian at 33:15 in the closing stages, but a missed red prize cost Pinhey when Lyu punished him with a 22 break.

Ken Doherty was 27-10 against Noppon Saengkham when he started Potting the Blue, and that put an end to the Irishman's hopes when the Thai ran Saengkham through Saengkham with a run of 22.

The action will continue at 7 p.m.

Last 16 list:
Mark Williams versus Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Mark Selby versus Declan Lavery
Ian Martin versus Martin O'Donnell
Noppon Saengkham versus Craig Steadman
Robert Milkins versus Lyu Haotian
Gerard Greene versus Louis Heathcote
Zhou Yuelong versus Ryan Day
Mark Allen versus David Gilbert

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