Davis loses in Worlds qualifier


Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Former world champion Steve Davis will be missing once again from this year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship after a heavy defeat to Kurt Maflin in his second qualifying round match.

Six-time world champion Davis, 57, bowed out 10-1 at Ponds Forge on Monday.

Davis lost in qualifying last year too and has not featured on the tables at the Crucible since 2010.

Maflin, London-born but resident in Norway, will face Fergal O’Brien next in the third qualifying round for his chance to move on to Sheffield.

Former perennial finalist Jimmy White was also a casualty on Monday after losing 10-8 to Matthew Selt.

Fifty-two-year-old White has not featured in the televised stages of the tournament proper in Sheffield since 2006, but had an excellent chance to end that drought when he raced into a 7-2 lead.

But Selt, whose only appearance at the Crucible was in a first-round defeat to Mark Selby in 2013, hit back to win eight of the next nine frames, including the last four.

Ken Doherty, champion in 1997, could yet be involved after a 10-6 success over Lee Walker and the Irishman will play Mark David for a place in the main draw.

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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