Stuart Bingham hit a 94 break as he edged out fellow Englishman Ricky Walden to reach the Championship League last 16 by topping Group One.
The 2015 world champion completed a 3-0 win over
Jamie Clarke, drew 2-2 with world number 74 Jordon Brown before his 94 break against Walden in a 2-2 draw saw him progress to the semi-final group stage at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
Walden was a 3-0 winner over Clarke, but two 2-2 draws against Brown and Bingham saw him denied on the highest break difference despite equalling Bingham on five points.
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Northern Irishman Brown needed a 3-0 win against Clarke and a break over 94 to progress in his final match, but lost 3-0 to Welsh world number 90 Clarke, who finished third in Group One.
Bingham will face five-times world champion
Ronnie O'Sullivan and Harvey Chandler in Group C on Tuesday with the winner of Group Six joining them.
"I don't make it easy on myself," said Bingham. "Watching it all week, the winners are all on seven points, but I'm over the moon to get through on five.
"Harvey and Ronnie next up, so ready for a few more days. Considering I haven't played a competitive match for three or four months, I'm happy."
Ben Woollaston won Group Eight courtesy of a 3-0 win over Liam Highfield, a 3-0 victory over Thor Chuan Leong and a 2-2 draw with Jimmy Robertson. Saturday June 6 Table One Group 1 Match 1 Stuart Bingham 3-0 Jamie Clarke Match 2 Ricky Walden 2-2 Jordon Brown Match 3 Ricky Walden 3-0 Jamie Clarke Match 4 Stuart Bingham 2-2 Jordon Brown Match 5 Jordon Brown 0-3 Jamie Clarke Match 6 Stuart Bingham 2-2 Ricky Walden Group winner: Stuart Bingham (Eng) Table Two Group 8 Match 1 Ben Woollaston 3-0 Liam Highfield Match 2 Jimmy Robertson 3-0 Thor Chuan Leong Match 3 Jimmy Robertson 2-2 Liam Highfield Match 4 Ben Woollaston 3-0 Thor Chuan Leong Match 5 Jimmy Robertson 2-2 Ben Woollaston Match 6 Liam Highfield 3-0 Thor Chuan Leong Group winner: Ben Woollaston (Eng) Sunday June 7 Table One Group 16 Match 1 Neil Robertson v Ashley Carty Match 2 Kurt Maflin v Ken Doherty Match 3 Kurt Maflin v Ashley Carty Match 4 Neil Robertson v Ken Doherty Match 5 Ken Doherty v Ashley Carty Match 6 Neil Robertson v Kurt Maflin Table Two Group 7 Match 1 Anthony McGill v Craig Steadman Match 2 Barry Hawkins v Hammad Miah Match 3 Barry Hawkins v Craig Steadman Match 4 Anthony McGill v Hammad Miah Match 5 Barry Hawkins v Anthony McGill Match 6 Craig Steadman v Hammad Miah Monday June 8 Table One Group 11 Match 1 Mark Allen v Nigel Bond Match 2 Martin O’Donnell v Michael White Match 3 Martin O’Donnell v Nigel Bond Match 4 Mark Allen v Michael White Match 5 Michael White v Nigel Bond Match 6 Mark Allen v Martin O’Donnell Table Two Group 6 Match 1 Matt Selt v Sam Craigie Match 2 Ali Carter v Dominic Dale Match 3 Ali Carter v Sam Craigie Match 4 Matt Selt v Dominic Dale Match 5 Ali Carter v Matt Selt Match 6 Sam Craigie v Dominic Dale Group Winners’ Stage Tuesday June 9 Group C Winner of Group 10 – Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) Winner of Group 6 Winner of Group 1 – Stuart Bingham (Eng) Winner of Group 4 – Harvey Chandler (Eng) Group D Winner of Group 15 – Tom Ford (Eng) Winner of Group 11 Winner of Group 8 – Ben Woollaston (Eng) Winner of Group 5 – Liang Wenbo (Chn) Wednesday June 10 Group B Winner of Group 12 – Ryan Day (Wal) Winner of Group 2 – Judd Trump (Eng) Winner of Group 7 Winner of Group 13 – David Gilbert (Eng) Group A Winner of Group 14 – Gary Wilson (Eng) Winner of Group 3 – Mark Joyce (Eng) Winner of Group 9 – Luca Brecel (Bel) Winner of Group 16 Tournament finals Thursday June 11 Winner of Group C Winner of Group D Winner of Group B Winner of Group A
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