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.Defending champion Shaun Chipperfield may be out but three ex title holders remain in contention for the 25th anniversary WEPF World 8-Ball Pool Championship.

Top seed Chipperfield went down 8-5 against Dave Fernandez in the last 32 of the £17,500 event at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel.

But triple winner, Mick Hill, 2009 winner Phil Harrison and Tom Cousins, champion in 2013 and 2014, are still chasing a £6,000 first prize.

Second seed Cousins has taken his form from this season’s UK Tour into the Worlds.

The Norfolk based cueman, the only player ever to win three successive Tours, opened with an 8-3 success against former European champion, Ben Flack.

Cousins then put out inaugural African Nations Cup, Yasser Amrani Hanchi of Morocco, 8-3 before ousting Australian hope, Jakk Philips. Qualifier Neil Davey now blocks his path to the semi-finals after Davey out lasted double World finalist, Lee Kendall, 8-7.

Fourth seed Hill proved too strong for Ireland’s Robert Brady in the last 16 after knocking out Ryan Bodsworth 8-2 and John Chapman 8-4.

The West Midlander faces qualifier Eddie Barker for a place in the last four.

Harrison, seeded five, started his campaign with a comfortable 8-2 win over Malta’s Ryan Pisani. But he was severely tested by Dylan Leary in the last 32 before edging through 8-7.

That put the Cambridgeshire ace up against returning qualifier Karl Boyes, back in English 8-Ball after his successful career in American Pool.

The tie was an exciting prospect and chosen for live streaming. Harrison eventually prevailed 8-6 and next faces Mike King, fresh from an 8-5 win over third seed and 2016 runner-up, Karl Sutton.

Only three of the top eight seeds are left following seventh seed Michael Hope’s 8-1 loss to Welshman Richard Gifford.

The best of 17 frames, quarter-final action starts at 4.30pm.


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