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2016 World Snooker Championship – Day 4

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I returned to the famous Crucible Theatre on Tuesday for my second session of snooker at this year’s World Championship, watching the reigning Players Champion Mark Allen take on debutant Mitchell Mann in Round 1.

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2016 World Snooker Championship – Final Qualifying Round

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Wednesday 13th April saw ‘Judgement Day’ take place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge venue as the remaining 32 players, including three former world champions and a further three former world finalists, battled it out in best-of-19 contests on a day of huge drama to decide which sixteen men would qualify to join the world’s elite at the Crucible Theatre next week.

See the results below:

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2015 World Snooker Championship – The Final

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Stuart Bingham defeated Shaun Murphy 18-15 on 3rd/4th May 2015 to win the World Championship for the first time.

It was one of the greatest finals to grace the famous Crucible Theatre as 38 year old Bingham became only the game’s 20th world champion since 1927.

It was Murphy who got off to the better start, leading 3-0 and 7-4, but ‘Ballrun’ pulled it back on both occasions to trail only 9-8 overnight. A fantastic performance on Monday afternoon then saw Bingham win 6 of the 8 frames to lead 14-11 heading into the last session.

But 2005 World Champion wasn’t done yet, playing some great snooker and capitalising on Bingham’s nerves to level the match at 15-15. The 31st frame then proved vital, as Bingham took a 64-minute battle on the colours before pushing on to win the match 18-15 and complete the fairytale.

Whilst I did not attend any sessions of this year’s final, living in Sheffield means I regularly pass the Crucible. So during the biggest weekend of the snooker calendar, I couldn’t resist a final chance to soak up the unique World Championship atmosphere and get a few photos with the finalists, other former world champions and even a few music stars!

Check out the pics below:

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Andrew Pagett Interview

Crucible debutant Andrew Pagett is the latest top snooker player to give an interview here on ryan147.com

Currently ranked 71st in the provisional rankings, Pagett defeated Zhang Anda, Bjorn Haneveer, Nigel Bond and Andrew Higginson to book his place at the Crucible for the first time in his career. The Welshman will now face Jamie Cope in his first ever match at the final stages of a ranking event.

Click below to find out his thoughts on playing at the Crucible, playing in front of the cameras, the new ranking system and more…

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