Ken Doherty safely booked his passage through to the second of the British Open on Monday with a 3-0 victory over England Zak Surety.

In a scrappy match, the Dubliner kept the best til last as a break of 77 wrapped up the contest. Doherty must wait to find out who he will face in the next round with a random draw to take place once all of the first round matches are complete.

Elsewhere Cork teenager Aaron Hill was beaten 3-0 by Jimmy White, whose biggest break was a 68 in the opening frame. It was a better day for Jordan Brown who hit a century break in his comeback 3-2 win over Andrew Higginson, but compatriot Gerard Greene lost a deciding frame to Martin O'Donnell.

While John Higgins knocked in the 12th maximum 147 break of his career as he beat Alexander Ursenbacher 3-1. It moves him one clear of Stephen Hendry on the all-time list, but still three behind Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Irish interest continues with Michael Judge and Fergal O'Brien in action over the coming days.