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Commonwealth Champion Savours ‘Cool’ Crucible Experience

By Simon Cromie Commonwealth para table tennis champion Ross Wilson was given his first experience of the Crucible when he attended World Snooker’s Disability Day on Wednesday. Wilson’s table tennis gold in Australia earlier this month has added to previous bronze medal successes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics, but the 22 year-old… Read More

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Robertson Joins Crucible Casualties

Neil Robertson became the sixth seeded player to be knocked out of the Betfred World Championship in the first round as he went down 10-5 against Robert Milkins. Robertson joins Mark Selby, Stuart Bingham, Shaun Murphy, Marco Fu and Luca Brecel as the top 16-ranked players to exit the tournament within the first five days…. Read More

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Williams Remains In Hunt For Third Title

Mark Williams completed an impressive 10-5 defeat of Jimmy Robertson to reach the second round of the Betfred World Championship. Williams, Crucible king in 2000 and 2003, missed out on reaching the final stages last year after a 10-7 defeat to Stuart Carrington in qualifying. This season the Welshman has transformed his fortunes, claiming a… Read More

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Crucible Debut An ‘Amazing Moment’ For Referee Ben Williams

Ben Williams said refereeing at the final stages of the Betfred World Championship for the first time was an “amazing moment” after he took charge of Lyu Haotian’s 10-5 victory over Marco Fu. By Jack Cousin On making his Crucible debut, Williams said: “I was alright in the morning, but the butterflies hit when I… Read More

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Lisowski Downs 2015 Champion Bingham

Jack Lisowski put on a stunning display to defeat 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham 10-7 at the Betfred World Championship. Lisowski, age 26, hadn’t appeared at the Crucible since his debut in 2013. On that occasion he succumbed to a 10-3 defeat against Barry Hawkins. However, Lisowski arrived at the World Championship this year off… Read More

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Walden Edges Past Brecel

Ricky Walden prevailed in his clash with Belgium’s Luca Brecel 10-6 to clinch a place in the second round of the Betfred World Championship. Walden’s Crucible run comes after a difficult couple of years for the Chester potter. He had suffered  a dip in form after struggling with a back injury. However, this season he… Read More

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Superb Ding Wins Chinese Derby

Ding Junhui fired a century and seven more breaks over 50 as he stormed to a 10-3 win over Xiao Guodong in the first round of the Betfred World Championship. Ding’s ultimate ambition is to become the first Chinese player to lift snooker’s most famous trophy, and he has come close in recent years, reaching… Read More

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Crucible Trip For Eilish And Simon

Sheffield’s Eilish Jennings and her partner Simon were at the Crucible on Monday to meet some of their snooker heroes. In 2016, Eilish was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Initial treatment was successful, but she found out earlier this year that the cancer had returned. The couple, who have three infant children, are now trying to… Read More

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‘Knackered’ Hawkins Survives Carrington Test

Barry Hawkins came through a marathon seven-hour battle against Stuart Carrington, winning 10-7 to reach the second round of the Betfred World Championship. Hawkins turned 39 today though he had just 18 minutes to celebrate his birthday after finishing a late night clash at 11.42pm. But the world number six was relieved to reach the… Read More

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Jones Stuns The Magician

World number 51 Jamie Jones recorded a thrilling 10-9 victory against 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy at the Betfred World Championship. The Welshman couldn’t have qualified for the event in a more emphatic fashion. He destroyed 2016 English Open Champion Liang Wenbo 10-0 in the final round of qualifying to ensure his place here. However,… Read More

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