Ken Doherty is one win away from a place at the German Masters after winning his opening qualifying match on Sunday morning.

The Dubliner won 5-4 against Chris Wakelin at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock to set up a showdown against Matthew Stevens for a place in the tournament proper, which takes place in Berlin in January.

Doherty fell 2-1 behind early on, before winning three frames on the spin, which included a break of 70 in the fifth, to move two clear with three to play.

Wakelin hit back to force a decider which the 1997 world champion edged.

His match against Stevens is due to take place on Monday afternoon. Fergal O'Brien is also in action that night as he begins his campaign against Ben Hancorn.

Elsewhere, Mark Allen has qualified for the event after beating Sunny Akani last night with a high break of 133.

Michael Judge, Jordan Brown, Gerard Greene and Aaron Hill were all beaten in the first qualifying round.