It was a successful afternoon at the inaugural English Open for the Irish contingent with second-round wins for Mark Allen, Joe Swail and Fergal O’Brien.

The world ranking event in Manchester is part of a new series with the winner receiving a trophy named after snooker great Steve Davis, the six-time Crucible king who retired in April.

World number eight Allen beat Scott Donaldson 4-1 to set up a clash with Yan Bingtao.

Swail accounted for James Cahill by the same scoreline, while Dubliner O’Brien was a 4-2 victor over Ross Muir.

Swail, current ranked world number 57, will play Tom Ford, while O’Brien, ranked 52, will meet either Shaun Murphy or Liang Wenbo in the next round.

Yesterday, former world champion Ken Doherty lost his first-round game 4-1 to Judd Trump, winner of the European Masters last Sunday.