Congratulations to the second group of qualifiers for the professional circuit from Q School – Tian Pengfei, Li Yan, Davey Morris and Simon Bedford.
Tian and Li will further bolster the Chinese presence on the main tour and have earned their place without the need for wildcards.
Tian in particular is fine talent, as he has proved in various Chinese ranking events. Li is the first of the eight Q School qualifiers who hasn’t played on the pro circuit before.
I’m pleased to see Morris returning after he was relegated at the end of last season.
Irish snooker is still waiting for someone to break through and threaten to emulate at least some of Ken Doherty’s achievements.
That player could still be Morris, who went missing so often from worldsnooker.com’s live scoring at Q School that one wag on Twitter wondered whether he had taken out a super-injunction to prevent people knowing he was playing.
Morris made his TV debut at the World Open last September. After that his performances tailed off badly but he has displayed encouraging fighting qualities to return.
Bedford has bags of experience. He played at the Crucible in 1998 and has the distinction of having once made a maximum against his own mother.
The third and final Q School event starts tomorrow.