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Ryan Day comeback denies Alfie Burden as Ding Junhui remains on course for World Snooker Championship qualification

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 11 Apr 2016
Ryan Day of Wales in action (credit: Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Ryan Day produced a terrific fightback from 9-5 down to stun Alfie Burden in a last-frame decider, while Ding Junhui, Ali Carter and Liang Wenbo also remained on course for a World Championship berth.

Day, a three-time Crucible quarter-finalist, turned the tables from the point of no return to snatch a place in Tuesday's final qualifying round at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Just a stone's throw away from the hallowed Crucible Theatre, Day overturned deficits of 5-1 and 9-5 with top breaks of 104, 53, 77, 52, as well as a 64 in the decider to deny the recent China Open quarter-finalist.

The Welshman will now face 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty for the right to earn a place in the sport's show-piece event from April 16 to May 2.

Ding Junhui, the highest ranked player involved in the qualifiers, had no such close shave as he brushed aside Scottish youngster Ross Muir for the loss of just one frame.

The world number 17 fired in high breaks of 82, 73, 61 and 67, before closing out the job with a sublime 106 to put himself on the brink of an immediate return to the Crucible.

Ding Junhui of China plays a shot (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Two-time world finalist Ali Carter turned on the style with two centuries in the final session as he saw off China's Cao Yupeng 10-8.

A high quality contest featured at least a half century break in all but three of the 18 frames, but it was 'The Captain' who held his nerve to reach round three with a 138 along the way.

Youth prevailed over experience as 18-year-old Zhou Yuelong underlined his potential by defeating 44-year-old Fergal O'Brien 10-6.

The Chinese teenager, a World Cup winner at the beginning of the season, produced top breaks of 104 and 137 in ending the hopes of the 2001 Masters runner-up.

UK Championship runner-up Liang Wenbo made light work of Stoke ace Jamie Cope as he progressed a 10-5 winner, while his fellow countryman Xiao Guodong edged past Jamie Clarke 10-8.

Colourful Welshman Dominic Dale averted a potential scalp as he dispatched promising youngster Oliver Lines 10-6 despite a high break of 139 from the 20-year-old.

Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson safely booked his place in round three with a 10-6 win over Martin O'Donnell to remain on course for a second stint at the Crucible.

Mark King continued the fine form which helped him reach the Quarter-Finals of the recent China Open as he wrapped up a hard-fought 10-8 victory over December's UK Championship semi-finalist - David Grace.

More to follow...

Betfred World Championship Qualifiers results

Monday April 11 (Evening Session)

Round Two

Ding Junhui 10-1 Ross Muir
Gerard Greene L-L Peter Ebdon
Mike Dunn 10-9 Li Hang
Mark King 10-7 David Grace
Alfie Burden 9-10 Ryan Day
Kyren Wilson 10-6 Martin O'Donnell
Fergal O'Brien 6-10 Zhou Yuelong
Ali Carter 10-8 Cao Yupeng
Oliver Lines 6-10 Dominic Dale
Xiao Guodong 10-8 Jamie Clarke
Jamie Cope 5-10 Liang Wenbo


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Ryan Day comeback denies Alfie Burden as Ding Junhui remains on course for World Snooker Championship qualification

Ryan Day produced a terrific fightback from 9-5 down to stun Alfie Burden in a last-frame decider, while Ding Junhui, Ali Carter and Liang Wenbo also remained on course for a World Championship berth.

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