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Top Potters Set For Crucible Quest

Jimmy White – faces a vital match against Jack Lisowski

Jimmy White, Mark Williams and Reanne Evans are among the snooker stars heading for Sheffield this week to compete in the qualifying rounds of the Betfred World Championship.

The qualifiers run from April 5 to 12 at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Only players ranked inside the world’s top 16 are handed an automatic spot in the final stages at the Crucible, so all other tour players plus leading amateurs have to win three matches to make it to Sheffield’s Theatre of Dreams.

Two-time Crucible king Williams just missed out on a top 16 place when he lost in the final of the China Open on Sunday. And the Welshman has been handed a tough opening draw at Ponds Forge against up-and-coming Chinese ace Zhao Xintong on Saturday.

Whirlwind White plays Jack Lisowski  on Friday in a crucial match for the six-time World finalist. Defeat for White could mean relegation from the pro tour after a 37-year unbroken spell on the circuit.

Reanne Evans

Reanne Evans lost 10-8 to Ken Doherty in the qualifiers two years ago

Women’s world number one Reanne Evans will be up against Robin Hull, while women’s world champion Ng On Yee faces Nigel Bond.

Sheffield’s Adam Duffy will play Alfie Burden while Ken Doherty – who lifted the trophy 20 years ago – is up against Jason Weston.

For the full draw and format see www.worldsnooker.com

Tickets for the qualifying rounds are ON SALE NOW and cost just £10 per day, a fantastic chance for fans to see so many players battling for a place in the final stages of snooker’s biggest tournament. For details CLICK HERE

The final stages run from April 15 to May 1 and this year World Snooker and Sheffield City Council are celebrating 40 years of the World Championship at the Crucible. A special show to mark the occasion will be staged inside the Crucible arena on  Friday April 14.

The show will include live interviews with former champions and current players competing in this year’s tournament, who will be present in the arena. There will also be archive footage of many of the great moments of the past four decades of snooker’s biggest event.

The event starts at 6pm and tickets for this unique occasion will cost just £20. A donation from the ticket sales will be made to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

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