WELSHMAN Jamie Jones produced a mighty fightback to keep alive his hopes of reaching the Crucible alive after his chances of victory appeared to be all but over.
Jones, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship two years ago, came back from 9-4 behind to win six frames on the bounce and defeat his young opponent Joel Walker.
In the last five frames, Jones hit breaks of 101, 70 and then a 60 in the final frame to complete a wonderful win when all seemed lost after Walker dominated his way to a commanding lead.
But snooker favourite Jimmy White crashed out of the World Championship at the very first stage as he suffered a 10-4 defeat to Ian Burns.
Brazilian Igor Figueiredo continued his impressive run in the Qualifiers with a grinding 10-8 win over recent PTC Grand Finals finalist Gerard Greene. Also impressing were China’s Li Yan who strolled to a 10-3 win over Dave Harold and Stuart Carrington who came back from 6-3 behind to knock out Jack Lisowski.
Martin Gould recorded the biggest win of the Qualifiers so far after thrashing Mitchell Travis 10-1 and Michael Wasley made it two wins out of two beating Rory McLeod 10-6.
Malta’s Alex Borg kept alive his hopes of making it to the Crucible after beating Marcus Campbell 10-4. Jamie Cope easily secured his place in the next round after thrashing John Astley 10-2.
Former World Championship finalist Nigel Bond beat Ross Muir 10-5 and Joe Swail was the last man through to the third round with a 10-7 win over Anthony Hamilton.
As well as Craig Steadman’s win over Steve Davis on Thursday, Kyren Wilson recorded an impressive 10-3 win over Rod Lawler. There was also close wins for Dechawat Poomjaeng and Anthony McGill.
Peter Lines earned a valuable win against Cao Xinlong despite the match going all the way to the final frame. A defeat for Lines could have put his future tour place in some jeopardy.
Player of the Day – Day 4 – Jamie Jones: A terrific fightback from Jones who must have been fearing the worst as soon as Walker secured his ninth frame on the board. Just goes to show the importance of not giving in and fighting until the very end.
Tough match next up against Mehta but he will go into on a real high having won six frames on the bounce.
World Championship Qualifiers 2014 – Round 3 Draw (final round opponent in brackets)
Dechawat POOMJAENG vs Craig STEADMAN (Ken DOHERTY)
Jimmy ROBERTSON vs Anthony McGILL (David GILBERT)
Alfie BURDEN vs Kyren WILSON (Graeme DOTT)
Andrew HIGGINSON vs Kurt MAFLIN (Dominic DALE)
Peter LINES vs Alan McMANUS (Mark WILLIAMS)
Aditya MEHTA vs Jamie JONES (Michael HOLT)
Alex BORG vs Jamie COPE (Mark KING)
Tom FORD vs Luca BRECEL (Matthew STEVENS)
Mark JOYCE vs Michael WASLEY (Robert MILKINS)
Robbie WILLIAMS vs Pankaj ADVANI (Fergal O’BRIEN)
Robin HULL vs Ian BURNS (Peter EBDON)
Martin GOULD vs Igor FIGUEIREDO (Liang WENBO)
Jamie BURNETT vs Cao YUPENG (Ben WOOLLASTON)
Stuart CARRINGTON vs Nigel BOND (Ryan DAY)
Matthew SELT vs Thepchaiya Un-NOOH (Michael WHITE)
Joe SWAIL vs Li YAN (Xiao GUODONG)