World Championship: Ken Doherty and Peter Ebdon out in qualifying, Graeme Dott through

Ken Doherty
Irishman Ken Doherty won the World Championship in 1997
2018 World Championship
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 21 April - 7 May
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Former world champions Ken Doherty and Peter Ebdon failed to reach the World Championship as they both lost in the final qualifying round.

Doherty lost 10-2 to two-time runner-up Matthew Stevens whilst Peter Ebdon was beaten 10-6 by Ryan Day.

Scotland's Graeme Dott, winner in 2006, made it through with a 10-7 win over England's Mike Dunn at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

The World Championship at the Crucible Theatre runs from 21 April to 7 May.

England's Chris Wakelin and Liam Highfield, Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and China's Lyu Haotian all qualified for the first time.

Welshman Jamie Jones beat China's Liang Wenbo 10-0 in the final qualifying round's only win by that score, and there were also wins for Stephen Maguire and Joe Perry.

The draw for the World Championship takes place at 10:00 BST on Thursday, with 16 qualifiers joining the top 16 players in the world.

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