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Live Snooker on Monday: World Championship Qualifiers 2017 Day Six preview and order of play

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 9 Apr 2017
Scotland's Maguire aims to seal his progression (credit:)

The Second Round of qualifying action draws to a close at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on Monday as the remaining hopefuls aim to take a step closer to The Crucible.

One hundred and twenty eight players arrived last week, but by the end of Day Six, just 32 will be left standing in the quest to reach the sport's most prestigious major.



Three former World Champions are among those returning to action on Monday, including world number 17 Mark Williams - who faces a tricky test against Liam Highfield.

Williams, the recent China Open runner-up, was offered a stern test by Chinese youngster Zhao Xintong in his opener and can expect a similarly tough challenge here.

Highfield dropped just two frames in brushing aside Estonia's Andres Petrov in Round One and is now out to reach the final qualifying round for the second successive year.

Graeme Dott, the 2006 Crucible king, takes on animated Thai cueist Dechawat Poomjaeng - whose only appearance in the main event to date came four years ago.

Dott kicked off with a commanding 10-3 victory over Allan Taylor, while Poomjaeng was a 10-7 winner against Chen Zhe.

Graeme Dott of Scotland plays a shot (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Ken Doherty, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his maiden world title triumph, faces a crucial clash against Leicester ace Ben Woollaston.

Doherty is battling to retain his tour card for next season and avoid suffering the same fate as fellow legend Jimmy White - who lost his professional status following defeat to Jack Lisowski.

Woollaston is aiming to grace the hallowed Crucible carpet for only the second time, having initially done so in 2013, and began his quest with a routine 10-4 win over Chris Totten.

Last year's semi-finalist Alan McManus faces a potential marathon battle with fellow veteran of the baize Rod Lawler, while German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton takes on Thailand's Noppon Saengkham.

Two-time Crucible semi-finalist Stephen Maguire looks to remain on course for a return to the sport's most iconic venue by overcoming 1995 world finalist Nigel Bond.

Former Masters finalist Fergal O'Brien takes on in-form Tian Pengfei, while Belgian ace Luca Brecel meets Northern Ireland's 'Outlaw' - Joe Swail.

Two-time qualifier Jimmy Robertson faces a potentially close-run contest with Oliver Lines, as the methodical Rory McLeod meets world number 112 - Sydney Wilson.

Matthew Selt, the world number 32, looks to avert a potential scalp at the hands on in-form Iranian Hossein Vafaei.

The afternoon session features the conclusion of the matches, with 11-time Women's World Champion Reanne Evans notably aiming to make inroads on a 6-1 defeat to Welshman Lee Walker.

The action gets underway from 10am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 19 frames at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Betfred World Championship Qualifiers 2017 match schedule

Monday April 10

Round Two

10am & 7pm
65 Mark Williams v Liam Highfield
68 Matthew Selt v Hossein Vafaei
70 Noppon Saengkham v Anthony Hamilton
72 Nigel Bond v Stephen Maguire
75 Ben Woollaston v Ken Doherty
78 Dechawat Poomjaeng v Graeme Dott
79 Tian Pengfei v Fergal O'Brien
83 Luca Brecel v Joe Swail
87 Rory McLeod v Sydney Wilson
91 Alan McManus v Rod Lawler
92 Jimmy Robertson v Oliver Lines

2.30pm*
66 Stuart Carrington 7-2 Andrew Higginson
67 Tom Ford 4-5 Chris Wakelin
69 Reanne Evans 1-6 Lee Walker
71 Li Hang 7-2 Mike Dunn
73 Mark King 6-3 Fang Xiongman
74 Xiao Guodong 7-2 Sam Baird
82 Mark Joyce 3-3 David Grace
84 Dominic Dale 5-3 Daniel Wells
85 Gary Wilson 4-4 Peter Lines
86 Ross Muir 3-6 Michael White



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