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Ken Doherty won't be playing at the Crucible this year

The Dubliner, who won the World Snooker Championship in 1997, was beaten in the final qualifying round by Matthew Selt.

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FORMER WORLD SNOOKER champion Ken Doherty has missed out on qualifying for this year’s tournament at the Crucible.

Doherty, who famously beat Stephen Hendry in 1997, fell just short after mounting a spirited comeback in the final qualifying round against Matthew Selt last night.

The Dubliner, 43, looked dead and buried as he trailed Selt 9-4 in the best of 19 decider before stringing together a run of five consecutive frames to level the match at 9-9.

But Selt struck first in the final frame and then held his nerve to seal the win, earning his Crucible debut when the tournament proper kicks off later this week.

The draw for the first round will be made later today. Play begins on Saturday, 20 April.

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