The Snooker Thread


Great result for Fergal O’Brien, he beat Stephen Maguire 6-5 to secure his place in the last 32. He faces world number 75 Lyu Haotian in the next round.


When do the Qualifiers for the Crucible take place?


The week before the main event starts, 11th to the 18th April.


ronnie wont be happy-- bingham knocked in a 147 too this morning!


Mark Allen could be the first Masters champion to have to qualify for the Crucible. He’s currently 16 in the rankings having exited in the Round of 16 to Mark Williams in China. Relying on results elsewhere for the rest of the tournament to cling on to the 16th and last seeded slot for the Crucible.


Tom Ford and Jack Lisowski both lost their quarter finals so I think that means Mark Allen holds onto his 16th ranking for the Crucible.

Semi final line ups is:

Mark Selby v Kyren Wilson
Neil Robertson v Barry Hawkins

Selby has had a very poor season but seems to be finding some form now. Neil Robertson has had a difficult two or three years with a lot of personal issues but dropping out of the top 16 and missing the Masters seems to have been a big wake up call. Should be back in Top 10 now.


World Championship Qualifying Draw & Results

Players needed to win through three rounds to earn one of the available 16 spots at the Crucible. So one player from each of the 16 sections below will qualify

Section One

Ryan Day v Igor Figueiredo
Mitchell Mann v Peter Lines
Robbie Williams v Jak Jones
Peter Ebdon v James Wattana

Section Two

Zhou Yuelong v Ian Preece
Daniel Wells v Kurt Dunham
Tom Ford v Leo Fernandez
Liam Highfield v Chen Zhe

Section Three

Matthew Selt v Ng On-yee
Mark Joyce v Adam Duffy
Mei Xiwen v Basem Eltahhan
Xiao Guodong v Chris Totten

Section Four

Stuart Carrington v Nigel Bond
Ben Woollaston v Kacper Filipiak
Zhang Anda v Zhang Yong
Martin Gould v Paul Davison

Section Five

Graeme Dott v Adrian Ridley
Sunny Akani v Lukas Kleckers
Dominic Dale v Reanne Evans
Mike Dunn v Duane Jones

Section Six

Michael Holt v Thor Chuan Leong
Elliot Slessor v Eden Sharav
Robert Milkins v Aaron Canavan
Scott Donaldson v Tyler Rees

Section Seven

Rory McLeod v Ian Burns
Li Hang v Ashley Hugill
Lyu Haotian v Fang Xiongman
Anthony Hamilton v Martin O’Donnell

Section Eight

Matthew Stevens v Ryan Thomerson
Fergal O’Brien v Yuan Sijun
Ken Doherty v Josh Boileau
Mark King v Gerard Greene

Section Nine

Liang Wenbo v Rod Lawler
Zhao Xintong v Aditya Mehta
Yu Delu v Sean O’Sullivan
Jamie Jones v Craig Steadman

Section 10

Jack Lisowski v Christopher Keogan
David Grace v Wang Yuchen
Alan McManus v Rhys Clark
Oliver Lines v Harvey Chandler

Section 11

Andrew Higginson v David John
Cao Yupeng v Robin Hull
Lee Walker v Kristján Helgason
Ricky Walden v Joe Swail

Section 12

Michael Georgiou v Matthew Bolton
Mark Davis v Sanderson Lam
Sam Craigie v Jimmy White
Joe Perry v Ross Muir

Section 13

Yan Bingtao v Jackson Page
Tian Pengfei v Li Yuan
Kurt Maflin v Hamza Akbar
Chris Wakelin v Xu Si

Section 14

David Gilbert v Billy Joe Castle
Alfie Burden v Jamie Curtis-Barrett
Gary Wilson v Adam Stefanów
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Alexander Ursenbacher

Section 15

Sam Baird v Soheil Vahedi
Jimmy Robertson v Alex Borg
John Astley v Marvin Lim
Michael White v Niu Zhuang

Section 16

Noppon Saengkham v Chen Zifan
Hossein Vafaei v Jamie Cope
Hammad Miah v Jordan Brown
Stephen Maguire v Allan Taylor


I think Jimmy can win that one.

I’m quietly confident that this will be Jimmy’s year to win it all, actually.


Ooooft, big all-Ireland clash there. Fergal O’Brien in the same section too.


Jimmy is playing well in practise by all accounts.


And Matthew Stevens. A real group of death.


Rankings for the Crucible confirmed as well after China Open.

  1. Mark Selby
  2. Ronnie O’Sullivan
  3. Ding Junhui
  4. Judd Trump
  5. John Higgins
  6. Barry Hawkins
  7. Mark Williams
  8. Shaun Murphy
  9. Kyren Wilson
  10. Neil Robertson
  11. Marco Fu
  12. Stuart Bingham
  13. Luca Brecel
  14. Anthony McGill
  15. Ali Carter
  16. Mark Allen


Jimmy has taken the opening frame.


Jimmy leading 3-1 at the mid session interval.


Jimmy leads 5-4 at the end of the session. He will have his work cut out as Craigie went well out in the China Open and should have beaten Neil Robertson in the last 16.

Another veteran going well is The Outlaw Joe Swail, he leads the world number 27 Ricky Walden 5-4 at the end of their first session.


Great time of the year.


Jimmy leading 6-5.


Jimmy has streaked out to an 8-5 lead.


Jimmy pegged back to 8-6


Jimmy is now 9-6 up.