Ken Doherty’s brave fightback fails at the World Championships

Alan McManus wins through to the quarter-finals at The Crucible

Ken Doherty in action in his second-round match against Alan McManus during the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Ken Doherty in action in his second-round match against Alan McManus during the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA


Ken Doherty left himself too much work to do as he lost his last 16 clash with Alan McManus at the World Championships at The Crucible in Sheffield on Saturday night.

McManus claimed the first six frames of the morning session to open up a 10-3 lead in the best of 25 affair before Doherty stemmed the tide with breaks of 93 and 88.

He took the momentum from those two frames into the evening session, winning three of the four frames before the interval to trail only 11-8, but McManus extended his lead once more in frame 20 and wrapped up victory with a break of 83. McManus will now face Mark Selby in the quarter-finals.

Barry Hawkins is through as well after repeating his win over Ricky Walden in last year’s semi-final.

Walden had led 9-5 but Hawkins took the final two frames of Friday’s play and kicked off Saturday with a 104 break, winning three of the first four frames to level the match.

He edged ahead at 11-10 – the first time he had led since winning the opening three frames – and though Walden hit back with a 53, Hawkins went ahead once more and wrapped up victory with a 61 break.

Judd Trump, the former world number one and a semi-finalist last year, reeled off four straight frames to finish the first session with a 6-2 lead over Ryan Day.

The 24-year-old was twice pegged back by Day after leading 1-0 and then 2-1 before pulling clear as he started to hit form.

Trump took the fifth frame by a single point but runs of 76 in the next and 78 in the eighth saw him establish a four-frame advantage.

The Bristol cueman outscored his opponent by 230 points to 14 in those final three frames.

Dominic Dale led Michael Wasley 7-1 after a one-sided first session to their match.

World number 73 Wasley marked his Crucible debut with a stunning upset of Ding Junhui in the first round but was unable to repeat that display, despite a 66 to win frame two.

Dale, who led Mark Davis 7-2 after the opening session of their first-round clash, started in similarly impressive style aided by breaks of 74, 75, 59 and a closing 106.

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