Greene through to Crucible
Gerard Greene doubled Northern Ireland’s Crucible representation when he beat Rory McLeod 10-9 in a World Championship final qualifying round thriller last night.
Mark Allen gets automatic entry into tomorrow’s first round draw thanks to his place in the world’s top 16, and Greene now joins the Antrim cueman after last night’s nail-biting victory.
Northern Ireland international Greene, born in London but with Belfast parents, had been trailing 6-3 at the end of the first session but battled back to snatch victory against Englishman McLeod.
Greene’s victory is a boost for the local game following Belfast’s Joe Swail’s 10-1 drubbing at the hands of 1997 world champion Ken Doherty the night before.
In last night’s other qualifying matches at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Scotland’s 2006 world champion Graeme Dott progressed with a 10-5 win over Jimmy Michie.
Stephen Lee, struggling to regain his long-time place in the world’s top 16, advanced to the Crucible thanks to a comfortable 10-2 victory over fellow Englishman Mike Dunn.
Stuart Pettman beat Stuart Bingham 10-2, while Jamie Cope defeated Mark Joyce |10-5. China’s growing snooker prowess was illustrated by Zhang Anda who had a 10-8 success over Ricky Walden.