Matthew Stevens through to last 64 of Rotterdam Open
Matthew Stevens edged out Ben Harrison to make it through in the Rotterdam Open
Matthew Stevens scraped through to the last 64 of the Rotterdam Open, following a 4-3 win over Amateur player Ben Harrison in the Topsport Centrum.
In the second European tour event of the season and only the second ever professional tournament in the Netherlands, the world number 12 advanced by the skin of his teeth against the 21-year-old making his television debut, and will play Ben Woollaston or Ricky Walden later today.
The youngster from Wiltshire had to win two matches yesterday to qualify for the last 128, and he drew first blood in this scrappy contest where neither player produced top-quality snooker.
Stevens made breaks of 61 and 60 to lead 2-1, before Harrison brought the match level in frame four.
A scrappy fifth frame went to the wire with the junior rattling a blue in the jaws of the pocket while at full-stretch across the table. The 2003 UK Champion took advantage as he knocked in the blue and pink to move one away from victory.
Harrison held his nerve and made a solid break of 66 to keep the match alive, before a mix of very good fortune and experience eventually saw the Welshman over the line in a tense and lengthy deciding frame.
Elsewhere there have also been victories for Premier League winner Stuart Bingham who comprehensively swept Adam Duffy aside 4-0, while new world number 14 Robert Milkins beat Craig Steadman 4-2.
Asian tour event one champion Joe Perry is also through, as well as Tom Ford and Matthew Selt who respectively made breaks of 131 and 142 along the way.
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