Snooker Shootout: Stuart Bingham and Graeme Dott safely through to round two

Stuart Bingham
Stuart Bingham

Graeme Dott extended his excellent record at the unique Snooker Shootout to earn a place in Saturday's second round.

Dott got the better of Martin O'Donnell over an enthralling 10 minutes, but only after the left-hander had miscued on the brown when presented with a match-winning opportunity.

"You kind of have a bit more time than you think, but it can be manic," said the former world champion, who was a beaten finalist in the event both last year and in 2012.

"You're trying just not to miss - it sounds kind of obvious, but if you don't miss you generally win.

"People think you need to be quick - you need to see the shot quickly, and commit to the shot."

Wales Open finalist Stuart Bingham looked in good form as he beat Matthew Stevens, while Michael Holt, Ben Coollaston and 2014 winner Dominic Dale were also among those to advance.

Perhaps the performance of the afternoon came from Ryan Davies, the 16-year-old getting the better of Robbie Williams.

Davies demonstrated his potential by establishing a lead but then had to sit and suffer as Williams threatened to pinch the frame, only to miss a relatively straightforward red with little more than a minute of the match remaining.

That allowed Davies to close out the game and progress to the weekend along with the likes of David Gilbert, impressive in beating Anthony Hamilton, and Zhang Anda.

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