The world number 45 downed veteran Tony Drago 5-4 on the second day of action at the World Snooker Academy and will now play Jimmy White, ranked three places below him, for a place in the fourth round.
Rod Lawler stormed into the next round with a 5-1 thumping of Liu Chuang while Mark Joyce saw off Kurt Maflin 5-2.
Qualifying runs from Tuesday to Friday, with eight places on the flight to China up for grabs at the end of four rounds of play.
Round two results:
Dechawat Poomjaeng 0-5 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
Yu De Lu 3-5 Scott Donaldson
James Wattana 2-5 Aditya Mehta
Andy Hicks 5-1 Luca Brecel
Michael White 5-4 Tony Drago
Alan McManus 4-5 Ian Burns
Passakorn Suwannawat 3-5 Liam Highfield
Li Yan 4-5 David Grace
David Gilbert 5-2 Robbie Williams
Alfie Burden 5-3 Ben Judge
Barry Pinches 5-4 Fraser Patrick
Liu Chuang 1-5 Rod Lawler
Peter Lines 2-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Jimmy Robertson 5-4 Tian Pengfei
Mark Joyce 5-2 Kurt Maflin
Adam Duffy 1-5 Cao Yupeng