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Live Snooker on Tuesday April 17: World Championship Qualifiers Day Seven preview and order of play

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 17 Apr 2018
Alan McManus of Scotland in action (credit: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The road to The Crucible enters its final chapter as the Third Qualifying Round gets underway at the EIS in Sheffield on Tuesday.

One hundred and twenty eight players started out last Wednesday with a collective dream of reaching the main stages of the sport's show-piece, now just 32 remain in the running to grace the famous Crucible carpet.

The sixteen successful qualifiers will join the world's top 16 ranked players in the £1.968 million major from April 21 to May 7.

A number of vastly experienced stars remain in contention for a Crucible return, while at least two debutants are guaranteed in this year's World Championship.

Ken Doherty, one of three former World Champions left standing, aims to secure a fairy-tale Crucible return at the age of 48 by overcoming two-time world finalist Matthew Stevens.

Doherty, winner of this illustrious trophy back in 1997, last appeared in this competition four years ago, when he defeated Stuart Bingham in the First Round before losing out to Alan McManus in Round Two.

The veteran Dubliner has rolled back the years after being handed an honorary wildcard to remain on the tour and now faces an opponent against whom he has endured mixed fortunes down the years.

Ken Doherty of Ireland plays a shot (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Stevens is vying for a first Crucible appearance since 2015, and having seen off youngsters Ryan Thomerson and Yuan Sijun, now looks to deny one of the sport's elder statesmen in a repeat of the 2000 Masters final which he won 10-8.

Graeme Dott, winner of this title back in 2006, aims to deny Redcar's Mike Dunn a return to snooker's spiritual home after a 16-year absence.

Dott, the fifth highest ranked player in qualifying, has missed just one World Championship since the turn of the millennium and has dropped just three frames in reaching the final qualifying round.

Dunn defeated Duane Jones 10-8 before thrashing Dominic Dale 10-3 and will be determined to avoid suffering a seventh defeat at the final hurdle in his last 13 qualifying campaigns.

Peter Ebdon, World Champion in 2002, faces a tough test against the highest ranked player in qualifying - Ryan Day.

Ebdon is bidding for a third consecutive Crucible qualifying but comes up against a player with two ranking titles under his belt this season and who benefited from the withdrawal of Mitchell Mann midway through their Second Round tie on Monday.

Another potentially close-run contest sees 2017 Masters finalist Joe Perry taking on former Six Reds champion Mark Davis.

Perry ended the dream of six-time world finalist Jimmy White with a 10-5 triumph in the last round, while Davis recorded a magnificent 10-0 whitewash of reigning Shoot-Out champion Michael Georgiou.

Stephen Maguire, semi-finalist in 2007 and 2012, looks to crush the hopes of Hossein Vafaei - who is out to make history by becoming the first Iranian ever to qualify for the World Championship.

Stephen Maguire in action (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Liang Wenbo, who made a 147 in his First Round tie before missing the final black for a second maximum later in the match, aims to culminate an unforgettable qualifying campaign by seeing off Welsh ace Jamie Jones - a quarter-finalist on debut in 2012.

Paul Hunter Classic champion Michael White has battled his way past Niu Zhuang and John Astley to reach Round Three and now comes up against Jimmy Robertson - a three-time Crucible qualifier.

Youth meets experience as 20-year-old Lyu Haotian plays 47-year-old Rory McLeod - the man responsible for knocking out Judd Trump in last year's opening round.

Alfie Burden looks to secure a fairy-tale return to The Crucible 20 years after his one and only previous appearance as he faces Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh - who lost out in the final qualifying round two years ago.

Two players with five World Championship appearances collide as Grimsby's Stuart Carrington plays China's Zhang Anda, while two multiple ranking event semi-finalists lock horns as Michael Holt meets Robert Milkins.

Tian Pengfei, who edged out compatriot Yan Bingtao in a deciding frame, looks to book his place in the sport's blue riband event for the first time at the expense of Warwickshire's Chris Wakelin - a two-time ranking event quarter-finalist also vying to make his debut in Sheffield.

Jack Lisowski, whose sole appearance at The Crucible came back in 2013, faces three-time World Championship semi-finalist and former Masters Champion - Alan 'Angles' McManus.

A dream debut is on the line for either Liam Highfield or Daniel Wells as the young duo battle it out on a date with destiny, while former Crucible semi-finalist Ricky Walden aims to put his injury woes behind him with victory over Chesire ace Andrew Higginson.

The action gets underway from 11am BST at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, with first sessions consisting of a maximum of nine frames.

World Championship Qualifiers 2018 Schedule

Tuesday April 17

Third Round 

100 Stuart Carrington v Zhang Anda
101 Graeme Dott v Mike Dunn
102 Michael Holt v Robert Milkins
104 Matthew Stevens v Ken Doherty
107 Andrew Higginson v Ricky Walden
108 Mark Davis v Joe Perry
109 Tian Pengfei v Chris Wakelin
110 Alfie Burden v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
97 Ryan Day v Peter Ebdon

98 Daniel Wells v Liam Highfield
99 Adam Duffy v Xiao Guodong
103 Rory McLeod v Lyu Haotian
105 Liang Wenbo v Jamie Jones
106 Jack Lisowski v Alan McManus
111 Jimmy Robertson v Michael White
112 Hossein Vafaei v Stephen Maguire

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