World Snooker Championship qualifying latest:

Lee Walker 6-10 Ken Doherty - Result

Fergal O'Brien 10-8 Chris Wakelin - Result

Joe Swail 10-9 Dominic Dale - Result

Matches are best of 19 frames to be played to a finish. 

Veteran multiple champion Steve Davis is struggling to stay in contention for this year's Betfred World Snooker Championship following this morning's session.

Six-time world title-holder Davis, 57, was 8-1 down against Kurt Maflin at Ponds Forge.

Davis was therefore set to miss out on the Crucible again, having lost in qualifying last year too, unless he could launch an evening fightback in the first-to-10 encounter.

Maflin, London-born but resident in Norway, was bang on course to play either Fergal O'Brien or Chris Wakelin next in the third qualifying round.

Fellow veteran Jimmy White fared better than Davis, leading 7-2 against Matthew Selt.