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Emotional Ebdon rolls back the years to secure place at Crucible

 

Peter Ebdon wrestled with mixed emotions yesterday after he secured a 24th appearance at the Crucible. The 2002 world champion was thankful to be back at snooker's most famous venue but left "numb" by his performance in sneaking a 10-9 win over Michael Holt in the final qualifying round yesterday at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Ebdon, 46, was close to tears as he weighed up his latest successful bid to reach the Betfred World Championship, which begins in Sheffield on Saturday.

The 40th anniversary of the Crucible first staging the tournament makes it especially poignant for Ebdon, who said: "It means everything."

Ebdon held his nerve in the decider which went all the way down to the black.

"I felt I let myself down. Michael deserved to win. I genuinely feel gutted for him. I'm delighted but I must admit I feel a bit numb," he added.

The first round draw for the £2million showpiece takes place today, with Ulsterman Mark Allen in the hat.

Belfast Telegraph

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