Selt Fightback Flooring Bond – World Snooker

Matthew Selt summed an excellent fightback from 5-2 all the way down to beat Nigel Bond 6-5 and clinch a Judgement Day spot at Betfred World Championship qualifying.

Former Indian Open champion Selt got here into the Sheffield occasion in robust type, having produced his finest displaying of the season thus far final month by reaching the semi-finals of the Gibraltar Open.

Selt has bowed out within the remaining spherical of qualifying in every of the final two years. He’ll be hoping to not undergo the identical destiny this yr when he goes up in opposition to Scott Donaldson with a Crucible place on the road. The Essex cueman final graced the Theatre of Desires in 2015.

The early indicators indicated an easy afternoon may very well be within the offing for Selt, after he composed breaks of 64 and 137 to take a 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, 55-year-old Bond hit again and notched up 4 frames on the spin, earlier than an excellent break of 122 took him a body from victory at 5-2.

Selt refused to wilt and summoned a break constructing burst to wrest the momentum again in his favour. Runs of 60, 54 and a match excessive break of 142 pressured a decider. Selt confirmed his class by making 110 to seal the dramatic 6-5 win.

“As soon as Nigel bought a foothold within the sport, he just about strangled me,” admitted 36-year-old Selt. “After I was 3-2 and 4-2 down I used to be sat in my chair telling myself I had bottled it to be trustworthy. My sport is basically good in the mean time. I’ve performed Nigel a number of instances and he doesn’t provide you with something, he wouldn’t provide you with a nod within the desert.

“At 5-2 down I used to be assuming that I used to be going dwelling. Mentally that was very draining for me. I’m very happy with how I’ve performed, however I’m very fortunate to nonetheless be in.

“I’m 36 years of age and I’ve three appearances on the Crucible. It’s not likely what I dreamed of rising up. As we’re sitting right here doing this interview, the reduction is beginning to come by. I understand how good my sport is, it’s the finest it has ever been. I’m wanting ahead to a better of 19, new tables and an opportunity to get again to the Crucible.”

That was simply considered one of 4 exceptional matches this afternoon, which all went all the way down to deciding frames. Selt’s Judgement Day opponent Donaldson got here from 5-4 all the way down to beat Dominic Dale 6-5.

Within the different two matches, world quantity 17 Zhou Yuelong defeat compatriot Xu Si 6-5 and Liam Highfield beat Elliot Slessor 6-5. They may now face one another for a spot on the Crucible.

Kurt Maflin made three century breaks on his strategy to a powerful 6-4 defeat of Jak Jones. The Norwegian is now only one win away from a second consecutive journey to the Crucible.

The morning motion noticed the second spherical attain a conclusion. Among the many outcomes was a 6-3 win for Mark King over Austrian beginner Florian Nuessle. That units up a 3rd spherical showdown in opposition to Luca Brecel, with a Judgement Day spot on the road.

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