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Morgan notches up the centuries

The 1pm session today saw Darren Morgan put on another masterclass of snooker as he rattled in breaks of 107, 40 and 70 in his 3-0 victory over Sinan Cetinkaya of Switzerland. 
 
Ireland's Mark Tuite was also in fine form as he beat Serbia's Alexandar Kuzmancevic 3-0 with breaks of 90 and 54 in the first couple of frames as he picked up his second win in Group F. 
 
Also in Group F England's Jamie Bodle knocked in breaks of 40, 44 and 65 as he saw off Mindaugas Maisiejus 3-0  and keep level with Tuite at the top of the group. 
 
The 3rd match in this group this afternoon saw Finland's Juha Lehto defeat Stepan Delyatynskyy from the Ukraine 3-0 to pick up his first win after losing his first match yesterday. 
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Sirotina opens with quick victory

In the Ladies Section Daria Sirotina was the first match finished here this morning as she made short work of her Bulgarian opponent Monika Metodieva running out a 3-0 winner with breaks of 31 and 36 in the first two frames. 

In the other Group C matches Manon Melief from the Netherland's defeated Hungary's Mónika Vantara-Stenócz 3-0 and Germany's Diana Stateczny also won three frames to nil against her Ukrainian opponent Maria Bucharska. 

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Helgason and Jones in fine form

Iceland's Kristján Helgason and Duane Jones were in fine form tonight winning their opening matches in Group D with ease. Helgason was the first to finish tonight with a commanding 4-0 victory over Igor Stefanovic from Serbia in less than 50 minutes and he will likely contest the top spot in Group D with Jones and Krzysztof Wróbel who both won 4-0 tonight also. 

Jones knocked in breaks of 60, 61 and 62 in the first three frames of his 4-0 win over Cvetan Pavlov while Wróbel saw off Turkey's Yilmaz Yildrim by the same score line. 

In Group C Anthony Brabin from Cyprus recorded a 4-0 win over Finland's Jani Kananen with a high run of 53 in the opening frame. Also in this group England's Mitchel Mann had no problems overcoming Sergej Korolkov 4-0 finishing with a 52 in the 4th frame. With only 5 players in this group these were the only matches played today with Grzegorz Biernadski having to start his challenge tomorrow. 

Ukraine's 8 year old Iulian Boiko could have got a lot easier matches than Ireland's Rodney Goggins in his first Group B match but the youngster held his own against the experienced international. Rodney however was just too strong for the youngster and ran out a 4-0 winner with runs of 54 and 73 included.

The other match in this group saw Roman Dietzel have a 4-0 victory over Bulgarian Salim Otti finishing off with a 68 in the final frame. 

In Group A we saw Sasa Stojanovic from Serbia defeat Israel's Shay Arama 4-2 while Poland's Patryk Masłowski ran out a 4-0 winner over Bulgaria's Teodor Chomovski. 

Elsewhere Ex-Champion Kevin Van Hove had to fight back from 3-2 down to overcome the host countries Ivailo Pekov who only for a bad miscue in the final frame could have won the match. Van hove knocked in a 33 break after the miscue to more or less seal the frame win the match.  

We also saw good 4-0 victories for Alex Taubman and Andreas Ploner tonight as they saw off Paul Croitoru (Romania) and Nikola Kemilev (Bulgaria) respectively. 

 

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Home countries do well in Session 2

The Irish, English and Welsh had a good session this afternoon in the Masters event with several of the possible pre tournament favourites recording solid 3-0 wins. Ireland's Tom Gleeson saw off the challenge of France's Marc Chouillier while his fellow Irish team mate Mark Tuite beat the Ukraine's Stepan Delyatynskyy 3-0 comfortably. Ireland's third win of the session came thanks to a 3-0 win for Alen Matic who beat Austria's Alexander Trinkl by the same score line.

England's Jamie Bodle (Pictured) also got his campaign off to a flyer with a 3-0 victory over Serbia's Alexandar Kuzmancevic and will certainly be one of the players looking to challenge Tuite for the No.1 spot in this group. 

Welshman Gavin Lewis also recorded a 3-0 win over Israel's Ygal Pagliari in Group G while in other matches we saw good wins for Henrik Skjærup (Denmark), Mindaugas Maisiejus (Lithuania) and Viktor Myroniuk (Ukraine).

Finish player Esa Oikarinen was also in superb form and knocked in a 74 break on his way to a 3-0 win over Vadzim Shut of Belarus while Belgium's Yvan Van Velthoven bettered that with a great break of 79 in his 3-1 win over Doron Lavie of Israel.

 

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