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D-Day for Ken Doherty as he needs one more win to book Crucible place

Dubliner faces world number 20 Ryan Day in final World Championship qualifier.

Doherty: missed out on the Crucible last year (file photo).
Doherty: missed out on the Crucible last year (file photo).
Image: Tim Goode

KEN DOHERTY IS one win away from a return to the World Snooker Championship — but he will be the underdog in his final qualifier against world number 20 Ryan Day.

Doherty, who failed to qualify for the Crucible last season, had to weather a comeback by Hossein Vafaei Ayouri on Monday.

The Dubliner racked up an early 7-2 lead but was pegged back to 8-6 by his Iranian opponent before eventually prevailing 10-7.

“Hossein made me sweat a little today but delighted to clear up in the last and get thru to the next round,” he tweeted.

Day needed a comeback of his own to progress, reeling off the final five frames to come from 9-5 down against Alfie Burden and clinch a thrilling decider.

The main draw at the Crucible begins on Saturday.

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