Snooker - Hamilton progresses in China Open qualifying

Veteran Steve Davis progressed safely through to the final round of qualifying for the China Open with a 5-3 win over Mike Dunn in Sheffield.

The former world number one, 55, set up a fourth-round clash with Mark King at the World Snooker Academy.

Meanwhile Anthony Hamilton, the world number 37, overcame Paul Davison for the loss of just one frame as he continued his bid to reach Beijing.

The 41-year-old from Nottingham will next take on world number 28 Michael Holt in the next round.

World No.36 Liang Wenbo was a 5-3 winner over Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon while Nigel Bond also won by that scoreline against fellow 47-year-old Tony Drago.

The likes of Marco Fu, Barry Hawkins and Tom Ford join the fray on Saturday.

The China Open takes place in Beijing from March 25-31.

Qualifying round three results

Xiao Guodong 5-4 Kurt Maflin

Jamie Jones 5-4 Liu Chuang

Anthony McGill 5-1 Yu Delu

Jimmy Robertson 5-3 Robbie Williams

Anthony Hamilton 5-1 Paul Davison

Matthew Selt 5-3 Barry Pinches

Jack Lisowski 5-2 Ian Burns

Liang Wenbo 5-3 Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon

Nigel Bond 5-3Tony Drago

Dechawat Poomjaeng 5-3 Ben Woollaston

Rory McLeod 5-3 Sean O'Sullivan

David Gilbert 5-3 Tian Pengfei

Gerard Greene 2-5 Mark Joyce

Michael White 4-5 Chen Zhe

Dave Harold 5-3 Andy Hicks

Steve Davis 5-3 Mike Dunn