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Mark Williams v Stuart Carrington: World Championship Qualifier 2017 preview - Welshman out to secure Crucible spot

Mark Williams of Wales looks on (credit: Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Mark Williams is aiming to secure a 20th appearance at The Crucible when he locks horns with Stuart Carrington in the final qualifying round of the 2017 World Championship at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The two-time World champion, who narrowly missed out on automatic qualification by just two frames after losing 10-8 to Mark Selby in the China Open final at the start of the month, will become the ninth player to reach that figure should he prevail against the Grimsby cueist.



Although, despite being the highest-ranked player in the qualifiers, it has not all been plain sailing for the world number 17 so far at Ponds Forge.

First, the Welshman trailed 7-5 against Chinese prodigy Zhao Xintong in the opening round before reeling off the last five frames to advance. He then found himself 8-6 down against Liam Highfield in round two, but showed his experience to eventually come out on top in a decider.

The 42-year-old will be hoping for a much smoother passage on Tuesday but is unlikely to find things any easier against Carrington, who is appearing at this stage of the competition for the third time in four years.

Stuart Carrington appeared at the Crucible in 2015 (Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Having qualified for the Crucible in 2015, the Grimsby potter is eyeing a second appearance on snooker’s greatest stage after overcoming Alex Borg and Andrew Higginson in the opening two rounds.

The world number 48, who reached the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open in February, gave a good account of himself against Judd Trump in the final stages two years ago and, therefore, will not be frightened at the prospect of claiming a scalp in Williams here.

Play at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield gets underway at 5pm BST on Tuesday with the first nine frames, before playing to a conclusion on Wednesday when the winner will progress to the final stages of the 2017 World Championship.



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Mark Williams v Stuart Carrington: World Championship Qualifier 2017 preview - Welshman out to secure Crucible spot

Mark Williams is aiming to secure a 20th appearance at The Crucible when he locks horns with Stuart Carrington in the final qualifying round of the 2017 World Championship at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

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