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Australian Goldfields Open Day Four preview and order of play - Stars scramble for Quarter-Final places

Jamie Shaw 1 Jul 2015
Mark Selby of England chalks his cue (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The second round of the Australian Open reaches its climax in Bendigo on Thursday, with two former World Champions among the stars aiming to seal their spot in the last eight.

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Seven seeds have already been sent packing in the season's first major ranking event and a host of underdogs will be out to spring more surprises in a bid to reach the latter stages.

Reigning champion Judd Trump and former UK Champion Stephen Maguire were the first two men to confirm their progression to the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday, leaving six coveted places up for grabs.

World number one Mark Selby steps up his quest for a maiden triumph Down Under when he takes on emerging Welsh star Jamie Jones in the first of three unmissable sessions. 

Selby cruised past Mark King 5-1 in his opener and is aiming to land his third world ranking title of 2015, but must now overcome a tricky test from the world number 40.

Jones battled back from 3-1 and 4-1 down to defeat Mark Davis in a last-frame decider on Wednesday and is out to reach only the second ranking Quarter-Final of his career - with the first having come at the 2012 World Championship.

Four-time World Champion John Higgins looks to avert a potential banana skin when he meets Irishman Fergal O'Brien. 

Fresh from competing in the Snooker World Cup for Scotland, Higgins got his domestic season underway with a routine victory over Michael Georgiou on Monday and now aims to progress beyond the second round stage in Australian for the first time.

The reigning Welsh Open champion, however, will be wary of the threat posed by O'Brien - who has already dumped current World Champion Stuart Bingham out of the competition courtesy of a terrific comeback win.

Arguably the pick of the day's ties features a clash between two-time world finalist Ali Carter and reigning Indian Open champion - Michael White. 

Carter underlined his trademark tenacity by edging out Shaun Murphy 5-4 in round one, and 'The Captain' now looks to kick-start his revival up the rankings by seeing off the young gun from Wales.


Ali Carter of England in action (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

White is enjoying a career-high ranking of 16 courtesy of his exploits at the back end of last season, and after impressing at the World Cup and kicking off with a 5-3 win over Hossein Ayouri here, the 23-year-old aims to continue his fine spell of form.

Players Championship Finals winner Joe Perry is another man in the midst of arguably the best spell of his career to date, and looks to affirm himself a genuine contender for this title by dispatching Gloucester's rapid-firing Robert Milkins.

Former Shoot-Out champion Martin Gould aims to pick up from where he left off in a 5-4 win over Marco Fu in round one when he meets Nottingham potter - Michael Holt.

Holt whitewashed Gerard Greene 5-0 with a series of high breaks and is poised to push the Londoner the distance in their last 16 battle.

Matthew Selt spoilt the party for home hero Neil Robertson in round one and looks to prove that upset was no flash in the pan as he takes on fellow underdog - Mark Joyce. 

Joyce was responsible for knocking out Mark Allen in his opener and is bidding to reach only his second world ranking Quarter-Final since turning professional in 2006. 

The action gets underway at 2.30am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine frames from the Bendigo Stadium.

Australian Goldfields Open 2015 match schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)


Thursday July 2

Round Two

2.30am
Mark Selby v Jamie Jones (Match 23)
John Higgins v Fergal O'Brien (Match 26)

4.30am
Joe Perry v Robert Milkins (Match 25)
Martin Gould v Michael Holt (Match 21)

10am
Mark Joyce v Matthew Selt (Match 22)
Michael White v Ali Carter (Match 24)


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