Gwent potters miss out on Crucible

South Wales Argus: BEATEN: Blackwood's Andrew Pagett BEATEN: Blackwood's Andrew Pagett

TWO more Gwent snooker players have followed Mark Williams in failing to qualify for the World Championship, which starts in Sheffield on Saturday.

Cwm potter Williams, a two-time world champion, was beaten by Alan McManus in the qualifiers at the Ponds Forge Arena yesterday.

Matthew Stevens and Jamie Jones were also knocked out yesterday and Jak Jones and Andrew Pagett were both beaten at the same venue today.

Cwmbran's Jones lost 10-7 to Craig Steadman and Blackwood's Pagett was beaten 10-2 by Zhang Anda.

There was success for two Welshmen today, however, with Ryan Day and Michael White both joining Dominic Dale in the last 32.

White, a quarter-finalist last year, booked his return by coming from 6-3 down to beat Matthew Selt 10-7.

"I won a massive frame at 6-4 when he missed a red at 66-0 and I cleared up with 67," said Neath's White. "I held my bottle and I felt it was in me to come back and play well.

"It was a shame that three of the four Welsh players lost yesterday, but I just worry about myself. I know what to expect at the Crucible this time, I know what I'm capable of and I hope I can go deep."

Day beat Stuart Carrington 10-5 with a top break of 106 while Martin Gould saw off Liang Wenbo 10-7 with top runs of 114 and 137.

The draw for the last 32 of the 2014 Dafabet World Championship takes place on Thursday at midday.

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