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Graeme Dott into Final Qualifying Round

The Scot has proven to be a master at World Championship qualifying in the past.

Graeme Dott recorded a comprehensive 6-0 victory over David Grace to reach the final qualifying round for the World Championship on Sunday in Sheffield.

The 2006 world champion has only failed to compete at the Crucible Theatre once in the last twenty years and is now one more win away from a return to the famous venue.

Dott will face Martin Gould on Judgement Day after the latter edged Chris Wakelin to guarantee his Main Tour survival.

One of the biggest results of the sixth day of action at the English Institute of Sport saw Mark King overcome Ken Doherty 6-3.

In defeat, the Irishman will fail to break back inside the world’s top 64 and will therefore lose his long-held professional card.

Another high-profile name to bow out at the penultimate stage was Joe Perry, who got embroiled in an unusual argument with opponent Jamie Clarke over a towel before eventually being downed 6-4 by the young Welshman.

However, several other heavy-hitters from the preliminaries managed to move through to the final qualifying round.

Welsh duo Ryan Day and Matthew Stevens, who was the World Championship runner-up in 2000 and 2005, won their respective ties with 6-4 scorelines.

Anthony McGill enjoyed a more routine time of it, scoring heavily in a 6-1 thrashing of Jak Jones, while former semi-finalist Ricky Walden scored a brace of tons in a 6-3 victory over Mark Joyce.

Elsewhere, Thailand pair Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Sunny Akani progressed alongside Northern Ireland’s Jordan Brown, who denied Hossein Vafaei in a decider.

Among the others to live to fight another day were English quintet Tom Ford, Liam Highfield, Sam Baird, Ian Burns, and Stuart Carrington.

The exciting Judgement Day will take place over two days this year, with the format reverting back to the normal best of 19 frames for the final qualifying round.

Half of the draw will complete their matches on Monday while the remaining eight qualifiers will be determined on Tuesday ahead of the eagerly-anticipated draw for the World Snooker Championship.

Live coverage of the world qualifiers continues on Eurosport.

Click here to view the draw (Times: CET)

Featured photo credit: WST

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