Fergal O’Brien, Mark Allen and Joe Swail are all through to the last 32 of the International Championship in China, the season’s fourth world-ranking event.

Dubliner O’Brien beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh of Thailand 6-5 in round one, while Mark Allen from Antrim whitewashed England’s Nigel Bond 6-0. 

Joe Swail, currently ranked 71, beat Andrew Higginson 6-2 and will face world number two Neil Robertson in the next round.

O’Brien meets Rod Lawler from Liverpool, while Allen, beaten in the Shanghai Masters final last month, is up against Londoner Martin Gould.