THE QUALIFYING stages of this year’s World Championship began today as some of the stars of the past started their bid for another shot at the Crucible.
The tournament’s Stage One pre-qualifying took place today with players, who are not on the main tour, in action in a bid to secure one of the two spots for the main qualification draw, which begins on Saturday.
The most recognised name Joe Swail, who made the World Championship semi-finals on two occasions, continued his fine form winning his first match 5-1 against David Morris.
Former professionals Les Dodd and Tony Chappell booked their place in the last eight with wins against Surinder Gill and David Singh respectively.
Andrew Norman kept his hopes of pre-qualification alive with a 5-1 win over Phillip Minchin and snooker coach Stephen Rowlings came back from 4-3 down to beat Barry Stark in a deciding frame shootout.
Patrick Wallace, who twelve years ago reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship, progressed with a whitewash win against Stephen Ormerod.
Justin ASstley ended three-times World Championship semi-finalist Tony Knowles’ hopes of a good run with a 5-2 win and Paul Wykes battled to a 5-3 win over Lucky Vatnani.
Friday sees the eight remaining players in action in the quarter-finals with the winners advancing to the final round.. The winners of the two ‘semi-finals’ will then qualify for the main qualification draw and will face either Pankaj Advani or Paul Davison in the weekend.