JAK Jones is through to the last 16 of the English Open in Manchester thanks to a superb 4-2 defeat of Ding Junhui earlier today.

Cwmbran cueman Jones will now play Anthony Hamilton tonight for a place in tomorrow’s quarter-finals.

Chinese star Ding, 105 places above Jones in the world rankings at number six, made the only century of his clash with the Welshman.

His break of 108 in the second frame levelled things up after Jones had clinched the opener 74-5.

Frames three and four went Jones’ way but Ding closed the gap to 3-2 by claiming the fifth.

Despite a top break of just 34 during the match, Jones secured one of the shocks of the tournament as he edged frame six 58-51.

Meanwhile, Cwm’s Mark Williams came out on top in his all-Gwent battle with Newport’s Ian Preece at EventCity in Manchester.

Two-time world champion Williams triumphed 4-1 to set-up a last-16 meeting with Judd Trump tonight.

Williams was in sensational form in seeing off Preece, getting off to a brilliant start with a 138 break to win the first frame.

He then took the next two to move 3-0 ahead, knocking in a break of 73 in the process, before Preece got on the board.

But Williams completed his victory with a 59-22 scoreline in frame five.