Baird and Bond ousted at World Open
Sam Baird and Nigel Bond went out of the Haikou World Open in the wildcard round while the other six Englishmen in action progressed.
Baird lost 5-3 to Jin Long, who will face compatriot 'Chinese Sensation' Ding Junhui in the last 32, while Bond went down 5-4 to another Chinese in Lu Ning.
Former Tour player Jin opened up a 3-0 lead with breaks of 50 and 60 before Baird pulled one back.
After the mid-session interval Jin went 4-1 up before breaks of 73 and 56 from Baird brought him back into the match.
Jin held his nerve in a dramatic following frame to snatch it on the black.
"I think I adapted to the match faster than my opponent, my form came earlier on so I could lead 3-1 at the interval," said Jin.
"He played much better but it was hard for him to catch up with me. If the score went to 4-4 in the eighth frame, it would be hard to say who would win in the end.
"I will try my best in the match with Ding, I just need to do what I can."
Tom Ford edged out another home player, 14-year-old Lu Haotian, 5-4 in China.
Lu led 3-0 against the world number 27 only for Ford to score a century then take the next two frames to level matters.
Lu moved back ahead before Ford made it 4-4 with an 80 run - and sealed the win in the decider.
"He was a good player and I think in a few years time nobody will want to play him," said Ford.
"The wildcards here are all good players but I thought that if a start playing like I can then knew I could win. I'm just going to try and sleep now and keep relaxed for my last 16 match."
Lu did not make a single half-century in the match. After Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew, Ford moves straight into the last 16.
Robert Milkins beat Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 5-3 - despite losing one frame on the black ball thanks to an incredible slice of misfortune which you can see in the video below - while Mark King disposed of Iranian Hossein Vafaei Ayori 5-2.
In the later session, Jimmy Robertson eased past Zhou Yuelong 5-2 and Joe Perry whitewashed Rouzi Maimaiti, also from China, 5-0.
Michael Holt continued the English domination over Chinese players, producing the goods in a final-frame decider against 17-year-old qualifier Zhu Yinghui to win 5-4.
Holt made three of a total of four centuries on the day, including a final-frame 101. His third-frame 135 is the highest of the tournament so far.
"He played well and didn't do much wrong," said Holt. "He should have won really as he missed [a straightforward] black to go 4-3 [up].
"I was a bit lucky even though I made some good breaks."
Former World Championship finalist Bond lost a scrappy last match of the day.
Lu, 18, next plays world number one Mark Selby after an encounter featuring only two 50-plus breaks - a 51 from Bond and a 94 from Lu. In the final frame a 43 visit gave Lu the win.
"Before the match I didn't really think I would win but as the match progressed I really started to believe that I could," he said.
Jin Long (CHN) 5-3 Sam Baird (ENG)
Tom Ford (ENG) 5-4 Lu Haotian (CHN)
Mark King (ENG) 5-2 Hossein Vafaei Ayori (IRI)
Robert Milkins (ENG) 5-3 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (THA)
Jimmy Robertson (ENG) 5-2 Zhou Yuelong (CHN)
Joe Perry (ENG) 5-0 Rouzi Maimaiti (CHN)
Michael Holt (ENG) 5-4 Zhu Yinghui (CHN)
Lu Ning (CHN) 5-4 Nigel Bond (ENG)