What an outstanding day of play .

We saw every player bring their A Game and every single match was played out with skill and determination.

We witnessed some very close calls with it going to deciding frames even for Judd Trump who won 5 ranking title events last season against Mitchell Mann who won 3-2 over Mann.

Spectators who were welcomed to the venue in Leicester today were also very lucky to see first hand the last winner of The British open back in 2004 being John Higgins achieve a 147 against Alexander Ursenbacher in this afternoons match.

There was always going to be pressure on players Including Reanne Evans the 12-time Women’s World Champion who is competing on this season Professional tour and held her nerve and delivered an outstanding performance and proved why she has earnt her place on the Tour through her skill and determination against Mark Allen former Masters Champion who is ranked number 10 in the World who also showed his pure professionalism and sportsmanship at every point in the match regardless of what is being discussed off the table which has been heavily featured ahead of their match today. Todays match was always going to be a tense one and we weren’t disappointed with the match going to a deciding frame which saw Allen winning 3-2 over Evans

With a winners cheque of £100,000 and Trophy all to play for we can expect some some outstanding matches still to come in the next few days.

Todays results in the best of 5 frames.

Robbie Williams3v1Sunny Akani
Steven Hallworth2v3Joe O’Connor
Xu Si3v2Fan Zhengyi
Zhang Anda1v3John J Astley
Liang Wenbo3v1Simon Lichtenberg
Andrew Higginson2v3Jordan Brown
Dylan Emery3v2Gao Yang
Jak Jones3v2Lyu Haotian
Alexander Ursenbacher1v3John Higgins
Yuan SiJun2v3Louis Heathcote
Ben Woollaston2v3Hammad Miah
Chen Zifan3v0Farakh Ajaib
Zak Surety0v3Ken Doherty
Gerard Greene2v3Martin O’Donnell
Mark Williams3v0Tian Pengfei
Aaron Hill0v3Jimmy White
Matthew Selt3v2Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Mitchell Mann2v3Judd Trump
Ashley Carty0v3Bai Langning
David Lilley3v1Craig Steadman
Ian Burns3v1Michael White
Stuart Carrington0v3Liam Highfield
Mark Allen3v2Reanne Evans
Zhou Yuelong3v2Tom Ford

It all commences again tomorrow at 9am where we see the next set of 48 players competing

Lu NingvIgor Figueiredo
Lee WalkervSanderson Lam
Dominic DalevXiao Guodong
Wu YizevFraser Patrick
Anthony McGillvZhao Jianbo
David GracevMark Lloyd
Andy HicksvChang Bingyu
Zhang JiankangvPeter Lines
Ashley HugillvKyren Wilson
Elliot SlessorvPeter Devlin
Jimmy RobertsonvMark Joyce
Joe PerryvBen Hancorn
Iulian BoikovAnthony Hamilton
Dean YoungvScott Donaldson
Stephen MaguirevJackson Page
Jack LisowskivBarry Pinches
James CahillvRicky Walden
Michael HoltvMark Davis
Michael JudgevAndrew Pagett
Mark SelbyvShaun Murphy
Jamie JonesvHossein Vafaei
Ross MuirvRyan Day
Chris WakelinvStephen Hendry
David GilbertvMatthew Stevens