Mark Davis recovered a 7-2 deficit to attain a 10-8 victory over Jamie Clarke within the ultimate qualifying spherical of the Betfred World Championship, reserving a twelfth journey to the Crucible.
Davis is certainly one of eight gamers thus far to make it by way of Judgement Day and get their title into the draw for the ultimate levels, which can happen on Thursday at 11am, forward of the primary occasion which begins on Saturday.
Sussex’s 48-year-old Davis first appeared on the Crucible in 1994 and is now heading again to the Theatre of Goals after making what he described as the very best fight-back of his 30-year profession.
Welshman Clarke, who reached the final 16 in Sheffield final 12 months, seemed on target for a return when he led 7-2. However Davis then reeled off seven frames in a row with prime breaks of 54, 60, 68, 70, 76 and 68. Clarke pulled one again to path 9-8, just for Davis to get the higher of a scrappy 18th body for victory.
“I can’t bear in mind getting back from that deficit in my profession, particularly towards such a great participant,” mentioned former Six-Purple World Champion Davis. “I’ve been taking part in properly these days however I wasn’t with it within the first session at this time. I nonetheless had hope tonight as a result of I do know my sport is there. I don’t know the way the previous few balls went in. It’s loopy how you need to take care of issues, mentally.
“If somebody had mentioned again in 1994 that I might nonetheless be taking part in 27 years later, I wouldn’t have believed it. My downside generally is that I don’t take pleasure in snooker sufficient, matches may be like a pint of blood. You by no means know when your final journey to the Crucible can be, I’ll go there and luxuriate in it. It’s a particular place.”
Graeme Dott, the 2006 World Champion, additionally made a spirited fight-back however was crushed 10-7 by China’s Tian Pengfei. Breaks of 82, 108, 110, 78, 67 and 114 helped Tian to an 8-1 benefit. Dott battled again to 9-7 earlier than Tian gained the seventeenth body.
“I can’t wait to get on the market,” mentioned Stoke’s Highfield, whose solely earlier look within the Crucible got here in 2018. “I’ve put a number of laborious work in as a result of when you put together proper and get your self into a great place mentally then you definitely stand a a lot better probability.” Highfield, who has Crohn’s illness, added: “I’ve come by way of turmoil and now it’s nearly prolonging my profession and getting as excessive as I can up the rankings.”
Jamie Jones, who reached the quarter-finals on the Crucible on his 2012 debut and final performed there in 2018, earned his return with a 10-5 win over Li Hold. Welshman Jones was suspended from the professional tour in October 2018 for breaching betting rules. He served an enforced two-year absence from the circuit, earlier than coming by way of Q Faculty in 2020 to regain his card.
“Individuals closest to me by no means doubted me,” mentioned Jones. “I’m simply actually joyful to be again competing and again on the Crucible. I’ll be giving it my greatest shot as I’ve all season. I felt a bit shaky on the finish at this time, the pockets appeared to be closing up on me. I knew what the prize on provide was however I attempted to deal with it like another match.”
Matthew Selt, taking part in what he describes as the very best snooker of his profession, thrashed Scott Donaldson 10-3. Breaks of 59, 110, 106, 77, 61 and 135 helped Indian Open champion Selt to ebook his third Crucible look and first since 2015.
“I knew how good my sport was once I got here right here,” mentioned Selt. “I performed properly at this time and completed the match off properly. My sport is the very best it has ever been. I can’t be any sharper. That gained’t decide whether or not I cool down or really feel snug, as a result of the final two instances I performed on the Crucible I began badly. However taking part in properly and profitable breeds confidence so I’m actually trying ahead to subsequent week. I’d like to attract John Higgins, that might be a dream for me to play my hero on the largest stage.”
Kurt Maflin, a quarter-finalist on the Crucible final 12 months, secured his return with a 10-4 win over Robert Milkins, highlighted by breaks of 72, 53, 77, 64, 87 and 89.
Lyu Haotian gained a Chinese language derby towards Chang Bingyu by a 10-6 scoreline with prime breaks of fifty, 77, 100, 53, 131, 114 and 59. Lyu reached the second spherical on his solely earlier Crucible look in 2018.
In one other all-Chinese language encounter, former English Open champion Liang Wenbo noticed off Lu Ning 10-7 with a prime break of 130.
Judgement Day continues on Wednesday with eight extra matches to be performed – click on right here for the match schedule and right here for particulars of easy methods to watch it reside.