Spain's Alvaro Quiros is in pole position to secure another out-of-the-blue victory on the European Tour after claiming the halfway lead in the Hassan Trophy - but no Irish will be around for the weekend. 

Quiros added a second round of 70 to his opening 67 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam to finish seven under par and a shot ahead of Australia's Andrew Dodt, with South Africa's Erik van Rooyen a stroke further back.

With the cut mark at three over, rounds of 76 for Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan left them at five over and nine over respectively. Dunne, however, did record a hole-in-one on the par three 17th.

Michael Hoey carded a 79 to finish on four over.   

Thirty-five year-old Quiros reached as high as 21st in the world in 2011, but was ranked 703rd when he won the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily last year after squandering a seven-shot lead with 12 holes to play before beating Zander Lombard in a play-off.

That lifted Quiros to 237th in the rankings, but he has made just three halfway cuts since and began the week in Rabat at 435th in the standings.

"I would love to say that I have control of my secret but I'm not able to say," Quiros said during a commentary spell on Sky Sports. "Clearly I'm recovering a little bit of natural feel in my swing and now every single day of golf I need to recover a bit of confidence.

"A lot of times when I miss a shot, it's not related straight to the swing movement, it's more related to the fact that I'm not confident that things are going to come out as I want.

"It's not going to change from one day to another but at least I have a little bit more peace in my mind with respect to the technique."

Dodt was two over par after seven holes of his round, but birdied the eighth, ninth and 11th, eagled the 12th and picked up another shot on the 14th in an eventful 68 which equalled the lowest score of the day.

Speaking about the eagle, Dodt said: "I hit the fairway and I was in between clubs, actually. I chose the longer club and kind of cut it up a bit and missed the green right.

"My caddie said 'This is the biggest chip-in I've ever seen'. So I took the flag out and chipped it in."

Dodt, whose last win came in Thailand in 2015, added: "A win's a long way off. There's still a lot of golf over the next two days, especially around this course. 

Defending champion Edoardo Molinari also failed to make the cut as he finished on five under.