Davis clinches Crucible place

Mark Davis has qualified for the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship. Picture courtesy Monique Limbos
Mark Davis has qualified for the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship. Picture courtesy Monique Limbos

Mark Davis has booked his place in the televised stage of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship.

The St Leonards cueman will be heading to The Crucible after coming through a tough-looking final qualifying round match against Robert Milkins 10-5 yesterday (Saturday).

Davis told www.worldsnooker.com: “It didn’t feel like a convincing win because you’re giving 110 per cent in every frame. Rob is a very tough opponent and he can reel off frames. I had a bit of run which makes a difference.”

Milkins, the world no.37 from Gloucester, knocked out Stephen Maguire and reigning World Champion John Higgins en route to the semi-finals of the Haikou World Open six weeks ago.

And the 36-year-old compiled a maximum 147 break in seeing off world no.46 Xiao Guodong, from China, 10-4 in the penultimate round of the World Championship Qualifiers on Wednesday.

But world no.18 Davis led 6-3 after the first session with top breaks of 72, 84 and 73, and added the four he needed in the second session with a best effort of 88.

“You want to finish the season at The Crucible on a high, not sitting at home watching on TV,” added Davis. “I know what I can do and I’m in a good frame of mind. I’ve been working with Terry Griffiths and it’s helping. I used to lack self-belief, I didn’t fancy beating anyone.”

Davis will face one of the 16 seeds in Sheffield next week. The draw will be made tomorrow (Monday) afternoon and news of who Davis gets will appear here afterwards.