There could be as many as nine Crucible debutants this year.

Equally, of course, there could be none at all.

The nine players through to the final qualifying round who are yet to play in the televised phase are: Matthew Couch, Paul Davies, Andrew Higginson, Daniel Wells, Lee Spick, Martin Gould, Rory McLeod, Ricky Walden and Tom Ford.

I will be blogging from the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and will provide little updates and interesting bits of news as the three days unfold, plus what the players really say, not what you read on worldsnooker.com.

Here’s the draw and times of play:

Sunday, 10am and 4pm
Michael Judge v Andrew Higginson
Jamie Cope v Paul Davies
Nigel Bond v Mike Dunn
Dominic Dale v Michael Holt
Stuart Bingham v Alan McManus
Matthew Stevens v Martin Gould

Monday, 10am and 4pm
Stephen Lee v Judd Trump
Mark Williams v Tom Ford
Anthony Hamilton v Ricky Walden
Dave Harold v Liang Wenbo
Fergal O’Brien v Jamie Burnett

Tuesday, 10am and 4pm
Joe Swail v Matthew Couch
Steve Davis v Lee Spick
Ian McCulloch v Rory McLeod
Barry Hawkins v Daniel Wells
Ken Doherty v Gerard Greene


noumoe said...

It is a pity we can not watch these matches on internet or tv.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to see Paul Davies finally make it after so many years as a pro and never quite reaching the crucible (no offence to his opponent Jamie Cope who deserves success with his enterprising approach to the game)
John H

Matt said...

I'll be going on Monday/Tuesday. More than anything else from the week I just hope that Ken can come through and salvage something from this season...

Sammy said...

Good Luck to my 3 favourite Players!

Dave H said...

I'd make Holty favourite against Dominic Dale. Trump's match with Stephen Lee is likely to be close but I think Barry Hawkins may have too much for Wells.

Matt said...

How did Ken look in the Championship League? Being in Sheffield I didn't catch anything from the last two groups.

Nigel Bond/Mike Dunn will be interesting given Nigel's form this season. McLeod against McCulloch has a chance too if their form this season is anything to go by. Guess in the long matches that can sometimes go out of the window though.

Dave H said...

Ken started well but wilted as the week went on. He obviously can't afford to do that on Tuesday.

Janie said...

OMG!! is snooker going the way of cricket where every player acquires an sy or y on the end of his name to become Wellsy, Copey, Trumpy, Holty etc

actually with Daniel you could put the S on the front and that would be just SWELLS!!

Anonymous said...

should that not be Ywells (the "y"....)?

Anonymous said...

this one doesnt have a y... WALDO!!!

Anonymous said...

Come on Alan McManus! There seems to be a really high level of excitement this year. I can't wait - let's just hope the live scoring holds up today.