Drago's Goldfields hopes still alive

Veteran Tony Drago kept alive his chances of qualifying for the Australian Goldfields Open with a comprehensive second round win over Duane Jones in Sheffield.

Drago, 46, beat Welshman Jones 5-1 to set up a meeting with Alan McManus in Thursday's third round at the World Snooker Academy.

Joining the Maltese in the next round will be fellow old-timer James Wattana, who beat Fraser Patrick 5-2.

Kurt Maflin, Rod Lawler and Barry Pinches were among the day's other winners in Yorkshire.

Liam Highfield was also a victor - seeing off Ian Burns 5-2 - and moves directly into the fourth and final round thanks to a walkover against his next scheduled opponent Jimmy White.

Competition comes to a head on Friday, with the 16 winners booking places at the tournament proper in Bendigo, Victoria next month.

Round two results:

Adam Duffy 3-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Passakorn Suwannawat 2-5 Mitchell Mann

Kurt Maflin 5-4 Robbie Williams

Craig Steadman 1-5 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Simon Bedford 2-5 Michael Wild

Alfie Burden 2-5 Cao Yupeng

Andy Hicks 3-5 Sam Baird

Yu De Lu 2-5 Michael Wasley

Dechawat Poomjaeng 5-4 Tian Pengfei

James Wattana 5-2 Fraser Patrick

Liam Highfield 5-2 Ian Burns

Tony Drago 5-1 Duane Jones

Barry Pinches 5-4 Aditya Mehta

Li Yan 1-5 Pankaj Advani

Mark Joyce 0-5 Rod Lawler

David Grace 3-5 Martin O'Donnell