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Swail's World glory bid is still on track

Joe Swail kept his World Championship dream alive last night with a battling 10-7 victory over Alex Davies at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

The 44-year-old Belfast cueman – World Championship semi-finalist in 2000 and 2001 – had a 7-2 lead going into last night's concluding session, but was made to battle all the way by the Essex potter.

Swail, who is hearing impaired, is back in action tomorrow against Nottingham's Anthony Hamilton, with the winner needing two more victories to reach the Crucible.

Northern Ireland international Gerard Greene is in qualifying action tomorrow as well.

Qualifying ends next Wednesday with the first round draw on Thursday, the Championship starting on Saturday, April 19.

Ronnie O'Sullivan opens his defence of the title on Saturday morning, with the £1.25million event concluding on May 5.

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