Doherty and White fall short in Crucible bid

Last Updated: 27/07/20 6:19pm

Ken Doherty failed to make it through to the final qualifying round as his hopes of reaching the Crucible were dashed
Ken Doherty failed to make it through to the final qualifying round as his hopes of reaching the Crucible were dashed

Ken Doherty joined Jimmy White in going out of the penultimate round of qualifying for this year’s World Snooker Championship.

Doherty’s hopes of reaching the Crucible for the first time in six years were ended by Mark King after a 6-3 defeat while White fell short as he was beaten by Robert Milkins.

Doherty, the 1997 world champion, kept alive his professional snooker career with victory against Fraser Patrick on Friday, but this meeting with King proved a step too far for the 50-year-old.

The Irishman was 3-1 down at the mid session interval after a 125 break from his Romford rival, but the Irishman fought back with a break of 80 in frame six before he won frame seven as well.

Is this the end of the road for Doherty?
Is this the end of the road for Doherty?

For Doherty, it could be the end of the road for his professional career unless he is handed an invitational tour card.

He famously caused Stephen Hendry’s first loss in a Crucible final in 1997 and would go on to reach two more world finals in his career, losing to John Higgins and Mark Williams respectively.

Jimmy White was aiming to make the Worlds for the first time in 14 years
Jimmy White was aiming to make the Worlds for the first time in 14 years

White, a six-time finalist, who has not competed at the Crucible since 2006, lost 6-1 to Milkins at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

Ali Carter, the 2008 and 2012 runner-up, was another to exit, being defeated 6-3 by Louis Heathcote.

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Source : Sky Sports