Captain Set For Judgement Day – World Snooker

Ali Carter got here via a fiercely contested Betfred World Championship qualifying conflict with China’s Pang Junxu 6-4, to earn a Judgement Day place.

Carter, a two-time World Championship finalist, missed out on Crucible qualification final yr shedding to Louis Heathcote within the penultimate spherical. That was the primary time Carter hasn’t appeared on the Theatre of Desires since 2002.

Carter began this afternoon’s encounter brightly, firing in breaks of 69, 64 and 71 on his option to establishing a 4-1 benefit.

Nevertheless, from there 21-year-old Pang showcased his potential by taking pictures again into rivalry. After claiming the sixth and seventh frames, he composed a shocking break of 106 to tug inside one at 5-4.

Carter wasn’t to be denied and runs of 25 and 45 within the tenth body took him over the road and secured a Judgement Day assembly with Alexander Ursenbacher, who defeated Martin O’Donnell 6-5.

“I didn’t sleep final night time, as a result of I need it so badly. Nearly an excessive amount of. Even after being a professional for 20 odd years, I believe I need it extra now than I ever did. Perhaps it’s as a result of I’m making an attempt onerous on my preparation again residence. This primary match is horrible,” mentioned 41-year-old Carter.

“His security was unbelievable in the present day. He simply seemed like he was keen to face there all day to try to win. Every kind of issues have been going via my head. I ought to have received 6-2, however I twitched a crimson. There may be a lot strain for us on the market with the rating factors. I’ve to get my head spherical it and ensure I get via.”

Englishman Sam Craigie placed on an excellent efficiency to whitewash Iranian primary Hossein Vafaei 6-0 and clinch a Judgement Day place for the primary time in his profession.

Craigie now faces Zhao Xintong within the remaining qualifying spherical. Zhao defeated Poland’s Kacper Filipiak 6-3 this afternoon. That outcome relegated Filipiak from the circuit.

Steven Hallworth rallied from 5-4 right down to beat Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown 6-5 and transfer one win from a Crucible debut.

Hallworth got here into this yr’s occasion having by no means received a single match within the World Championship. The 25-year-old scored a 6-2 win over Dean Younger in spherical one and a 6-3 defeat of David Grace in spherical two.

World quantity 18 Stuart Bingham eased to a 6-1 defeat of Chen Zifan. The 2015 World Champion now faces Luca Brecel within the remaining spherical.

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