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Wenbo dumped out by Walden

Wenbo dumped out by Walden

The result draws to a close the Chinese potter's season, during which a disastrous run of form has seen him drop out of the top 16 in the world.

He will now start the new campaign outside the top 32.

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Liang Wenbo crashed out of the Players Tour Championship finals in Dublin after a 4-1 defeat to Ricky Walden.

Walden, another player struggling for form, took the first frame before opening up a two-frame advantage at 3-1. The Flintshire-based player then held off Liang in frame five to seal victory and book a date with number one seed Shaun Murphy in round two.

In other results on the first day of action at The Helix, Matthew Stevens beat Gerard Greene 4-2 to set up a meeting with Dominic Dale.

Michael Holt registered the first century break of the tournament in his 4-1 win over Marco Fu, while Anthony Hamilton downed Tom Ford 4-2 and Mark Davis thrashed Jo Jogia 4-0.

Round One results:

Anthony Hamilton 4-2 Tom Ford

Marco Fu 1-4 Michael Holt

Mark Davis 4-0 Joe Jogia

Matthew Stevens 4-2 Gerard Greene

Ricky Walden 4-1 Liang Wenbo

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