Day one of the brand new snooker English open event got under way yesterday in Event City, Manchester with some good matches being played. This event is part of the new Home Nations series which sees England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland host events. Any player that wins all of the tournaments will receive a 1 million pound bonus on top of the prize money.
Most of the matches played yesterday went the way of the expected winner, but there was one or two surprising results.
Jimmy White was knocked out in a match that went all the way to a decider against Zhou Yuelong.
Joe Perry was knocked out early on by Matt Selt, who is one the most improved players on the circuit at the moment.
Probably the most exciting match of the first day of the snooker English open was between Stuart Bingham and Robert Milkins. Milkins at one point was 3-2 on Bingham in a scrappy frame but Milkins potted enough to leave Bingham requiring a snooker. He got the snooker and cleared to the black ball where Milkins went in off with the white to gift the frame to Bingham. In the decider, Bingham went on and dominated the final frame to win the match by 4-3. A devastating blow for Milkins.