Monday, 16 April 2012

Doherty Seals Crucible Spot

Ken Doherty has qualified for this year’s World Championship, in Sheffield, after edging to a 10-9 victory over Anthony Hamilton in a tight final qualifying match.

The 42-year-old from Dublin, who has slipped to 32 in the world rankings, was pushed all the way by Hamilton, but he managed to avoid the fate of fellow former world champions, Steve Davis and Jimmy White, who have failed to qualify for this year's tournament.

Meanwhile, Belgium's 17-year-old snooker prodigy, Luca Brecel, who will become the youngest player to reach the Crucible if he beats Mark King, trails the Englishman 5-4.

Liu Chuang beat Stoke's Jamie Cope 10-7 and Tom Ford was beaten 10-9 by another Chinese star, Cao Yupeng.

Jamie Jones beat Ricky Walden 10-2, while Ryan Day won seven of the last eight frames to edge past Gerard Greene 10-8.

Mark Davis did well to see off the world number 37 from Gloucester, Robert Milkins, 10-5.

Davis said, after beating Milkins, a man who knocked out Stephen Maguire and John Higgins on his way to the semi-finals of the Haikou World Open, six weeks ago: “It didn’t feel like a convincing win because you’re giving 110 per cent in every frame.

“Rob is a very tough opponent and he can reel off frames. I had a bit of run, which makes a difference.

“You want to finish the season at The Crucible on a high, not sitting at home watching on TV. I know what I can do, and I am in a good frame of mind. I’ve been working with Terry Griffiths and its helping." Davis is currently a 125/1 bet for the World Championship title in the snooker odds.

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