Dominic Dale’s bid to reach the final stages of the English Open ended in disappointment as he was comprehensively beaten by Chang Bingyu in qualifying in Barnsley.
Dale made a bright start by taking the opening frame, but from that point on the game belonged to his 19-year-old opponent.
After levelling the match, Chang took a scrappy third frame to edge ahead.
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Dale had control of the fourth, with Chang requiring snookers. The Chinese player got them and won a safety battle on the colours to secure a cushion.
Chang wrapped up the contest in style, stroking in a superb 111 to wrap up a 4-1 win and a place in the final stages in Milton Keynes next month.
A break of 125 in the final frame was the highlight of Cao Yupeng’s 4-0 win over Mitchell Mann, while Xu Si rallied from 2-1 down to win three frames on the spin for a 4-2 win over Jamie Jones.
Jak Jones made an excellent break of 91 to wrap up a 4-2 win over Bai Langning.
Later on Saturday, Ashley Carty defeated Jordan Brown 4-2 as the 2021 Welsh Open winner crashed out despite compiling a match-high break of 78 in frame five to cut the arrears to 3-2. Elsewhere, Ben Wollaston made light work of Jackson Page claiming a 4-0 whitewash.
Gary Wilson racked up breaks of 55, 50 and 101 to beat Craig Steadman 4-2 and Joe Perry lost by the same scoreline to Soheil Vahedi, who made runs of 72, 68, 54 and 63 in a high-quality affair.
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