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Fergal O'Brien fails in Crucible bid

Updated: Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 00:15 | Comments

Fergal O'Brien
Fergal O'Brien

Ireland’s Fergal O'Brien fell at the final hurdle in his bid to qualify for the Betfair World Championship tonight.

Jack Lisowski saw off the veteran 10-4 to seal his place at the Crucible.

Lisowski made three centuries - 114, 131 and 100 - in seeing off his 41-year-old opponent at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

He was joined by fellow first-time qualifier Michael White, who beat Andrew Higginson 10-4.

Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng was the first through, the 34-year-old beating Stoke's Jamie Cope 10-3 to earn his World Championship debut.

Hong Kong's Marco Fu, who was a semi-finalist in 2006, will make a ninth consecutive appearance in the first round at the Crucible after beating David Gilbert 10-4.

Michael Holt qualified for the sixth time, but made hard work of dismissing Mark Joyce 10-7 having led 8-0 and 9-4.

Ben Woollaston came through a final-frame decider against Ryan Day in a late finish, with the 25-year-old beating Day 10-9 to become the fourth player tonight to earn a Crucible debut.

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