Apr 20 2014

Crucible Diary 2014: Day Two

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Day two at the Crucible promises to be full of drama, with four matches to be played to a conclusion today and already we have had a shock, with 44-year-old Ken Doherty rolling back the years to complete a seven frame winning streak against world number six Stuart Bingham…

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Apr 19 2014

Crucible Diary 2014: Day One

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After all the hype, after all of the previews, day one of the 2014 World Championship is now well underway, with Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stuart Bingham having started their respective campaigns this morning.

Click below for day one of my now traditional Crucible Diary, which throughout the week will detail any stories of mine, together with bring you quotes from all of the post-match press conferences…

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Apr 18 2014

The Big 2014 World Championship Preview With Neal Foulds

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The three day gap between the conclusion of the final qualifying round for this year’s World Championship and the start of play tomorrow morning at the Crucible makes the job of previewing the tournament ever-more difficult.

But this year I am hopeful that I have been able to do the tournament justice, thanks to the help of former world number 3, turned highly respected snooker analyst Neal Foulds, who spoke with me this morning to help preview each of the 16 opening round matches and offer his thoughts as to who will be lifting the famous trophy on 5th May 2014…

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Apr 18 2014

Hearn Teases Davis Wildcard

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Following the relegation of Steve Davis from the tour following his 10-8 defeat to Craig Steadman at the World Championship qualifiers last week, there have been suggestions from both fans and players alike, for the six-time world champion to be handed a wildcard for next season.

Tonight however, Barry Hearn has on Radio 5 Live confirmed for the first time that he serious consideration is indeed being given to such a wildcard being handed out.

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Apr 17 2014

World Championship 2014: Last 32 Draw

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So earlier today, barely 12 hours after Robbie Williams came through a dramatic final frame decider against Fergal O’Brien on a re-spotted black, the last 32 draw for the final stages of the 2014 World Championship was made by World Snooker on their YouTube channel earlier today, click below to view it…

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Apr 16 2014

Crucible Qualifiers 2014: Final Round, Day One Round-Up

McManusTuesday at Ponds Forge saw the confirmation of the first eight qualifiers for the venue stages of this year’s World Championship and there were (on paper at least), some real surprises, with the likes of former champions Graeme Dott and Mark Williams crashing out.

Click below for a round-up of the day’s eight qualifiers, with quotes from all of the day’s big winners…

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Apr 13 2014

Glover, Surety & Hallworth Secure Main Tour Cards

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Alongside the World Championship qualifiers this week we have also seen the staging of the second EBSA play-offs, with 12 players fighting it out for three main tour cards from the start of next season.

After two tense days in Sheffield, those places will now go to Ian Glover, Zak Surety and Steven Hallworth, click below for more…

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Apr 07 2014

World Championship 2014: Tour Survival Blog

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So it begins, tomorrow will see the start of the 2014 World Championship qualifiers and with them, the climax of the race for main tour places, which I have been talking about so much during the past few months.

Though you can view my extended player-by-player guide to tour survival here, this then is the post that will be updated throughout this week’s matches, making focusing on those which could prove key to certain players hopes of remaining on the main tour for at least another season…

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