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Live Snooker on Saturday: World Championship Qualifiers 2017 Day Four preview and order of play

Ireland's Ken Doherty plays a shot (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Former Crucible king Ken Doherty launches his final bid for tour survival against Jason Weston in the opening qualifying round for the World Championship on Saturday, while two-time winner Mark Williams begins his quest against Zhao Xintong at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Following a quiet two seasons on the tour, 1997 champion Doherty needs to secure a return to the Crucible for the first time in three years to stand any chance of maintaining his 27-year professional career.



Exactly two decades on from his finest hour courtesy of that memorable victory over Stephen Hendry in the final, it is now or never for the Darlin’ of Dublin.

Nevertheless, he should fancy his chances against Weston, who has won just one match this term and requires a miraculous set of results if he is to stay on the tour.

Mark Williams is aiming for a 20th Crucible appearance (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, having missed out on automatic qualification by just two frames following a narrow 10-8 defeat to Mark Selby in the China Open final, world number 17 Williams breaks off in his bid for a 20th Crucible appearance against fellow left-hander Zhao Xintong, who knows what it takes to claim a scalp having beaten John Higgins to qualify for the German Masters back in December.

There are more big names in action on day four including former semi-finalist Stephen Maguire, who is up against Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn, while Berlin champion Anthony Hamilton faces tour survival battler Craig Steadman.

Luca Brecel begins his quest for a second Crucible appearance against Sean O’Sullivan, as China Open quarter-finalist Hossein Vafaei aims to build on his momentum against Hatem Yassen.

Elsewhere, there are another 10 matches to be completed from Friday’s play including that of former champion Graeme Dott, who is currently 6-3 to the good against Allan Taylor.

Three-time semi-finalist Alan McManus holds a comfortable 5-1 advantage over Kurt Dunham as does Tian Pengfei at 7-2 against Zhang Yong, while Oliver Lines and Duane Jones are locked at 4-4.

However, Joe Swail and Dechawat Poomjaeng have work to do in order to keep their tour survival hopes alive. Former semi-finalist Swail is 5-4 down against Sanderson Lam, as Poomjaeng trails Chen Zhe 6-3.

All matches will be contested over the best of 19 frames, with the winners advancing to the second qualifying round for the 2017 World Championship.

Play at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield gets underway at 10am BST on Saturday.

Betfred World Championship Qualifiers 2017 schedule

Saturday April 8

 

Round One

 

10am

1 Mark Williams v Zhao Xintong        

2 Liam Highfield v Andres Petrov

7 Matthew Selt v David John 

8 Hossein Vafaei v Hatem Yassen    

11 Noppon Saengkham v Jak Jones 

12 Anthony Hamilton v Craig Steadman        

16 Stephen Maguire v Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn      

21 Ben Woollaston v Chris Totten     

22 Ken Doherty v Jason Weston       

37 Luca Brecel v Sean O'Sullivan

46 Kurt Maflin v Sydney Wilson         

 

2.30pm*

27 Dechawat Poomjaeng 3-6 Chen Zhe        

28 Graeme Dott 6-3 Allan Taylor       

29 Tian Pengfei 7-2 Zhang Yong       

30 Fergal O'Brien 4-5 Gerard Greene

38 Joe Swail 4-5 Sanderson Lam      

45 Rory McLeod 3-4 Darryl Hill          

53 Alan McManus 5-1 Kurt Dunham  

54 Rod Lawler 4-2 Xu Si        

55 Jimmy Robertson 5-4 Cao Yupeng           

56 Oliver Lines 4-4 Duane Jones       

 

7pm*

1 Mark Williams v Zhao Xintong        

2 Liam Highfield v Andres Petrov

7 Matthew Selt v David John 

8 Hossein Vafaei v Hatem Yassen    

11 Noppon Saengkham v Jak Jones 

12 Anthony Hamilton v Craig Steadman        

16 Stephen Maguire v Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn      

21 Ben Woollaston v Chris Totten     



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Live Snooker on Saturday: World Championship Qualifiers 2017 Day Four preview and order of play

Former Crucible king Ken Doherty launches his final bid for tour survival against Jason Weston in the opening qualifying round for the World Championship on Saturday, while two-time winner Mark Williams begins his quest against Zhao Xintong at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

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