THE latest qualifiers in the Brighouse Classic, sponsored by Naylor Wintersgill, are Dave Jackson (Macclesfield) who beat James Scott (Halifax) 21-9 and Matt Kelly-Walley, from Derby, who beat Roy Nicholson (Halifax) 21-14.
On Friday Gary Ellis begins the defence of his title with a tough opening round against Sheffield’s Chris Kelly.
Also in action, in what looks like a high quality field, are Spring Waterloo champion Andrew Buckley, Heckmondwike winner Darren Griffiths and Hill Crest winner Jim Derby.
In-form Dean Ferris, county star Gary Smith and Carl Armitage, from Warrington, will also be looking to fill one of the remaining final-day places.
Friday’s draw (6.30): Andrew Buckley (Chadderton) v Stuart Goodwin (Warrington), Gary Smith (Wakefield) v Kevin Wainwright (Warrington), Gary Ellis (Whitefield) v Chris Kelly (Sheffield), Mick Bastow (Skipton) v Dean Ferris (Leek), Ryan Clark (Sheffield) v Carl Armitage (Warrington), Jim Derby (Radcliffe) v David Walker (Leeds), Mark Ferris (Leek) v Paul Dudley (Radcliffe), Glenn Smith (Wakefield) v Darren Griffiths (Chadderton).