Over 2,500 people enjoyed a tremendous Saturday of world championship action at the Citywest Arena, where the reigning world champion took centre stage on the day.

Paul Brady remains firmly on course for a record fourth consecutive world title after he cruised into the last-16 with a thumping 21-9 21-1 victory against Cesar Sala on Saturday.

Brady produced some of his customary bullet serves on his way to an utterly-convincing victory over the American.

The Cavan man has been joined in round three by rising Cork star Killian Carroll, who will be Brady's next opponent following the teenager's eye-catching win over Aaron Garner.

Another Cavan man, Michael Finnegan, Brady's doubles partner, is also through after beating Billy O'Donnell, while Robbie McCarthy was impressive in keeping Johnny Willoughby's challenge at bay.

The Irish players haven't had things all their own way, with Sean Lenning, Jonathan Iglesias, Naty Alvarado and Luis Cordova all keeping their title hopes alive with victories over Irish opponents.

The closest encounter at the halfway stage of round two was the Lenning v Kelly clash, which went to a tiebreaker before Lenning finally ended the Tyrone man's brave challenge with three aces to spare.