Snooker: Determined Doherty maintains pressure

KEN DOHERTY, the 1997 champion and last year's runner-up, recovered from a 10-6 deficit going into his final session against the 1995 runner- up, Nigel Bond, before his gritty 13-11 win gave him a place in the quarter- finals of the Embassy World Championship.

Bond, seeking to redeem a season which has yielded neither a single world- ranking quarter-final nor a century break, led 50-0 in their first frame of the day and had two chances to clinch it. But, lacking the confidence born of regular success, lost it on the black.

Doherty added the second more comfortably and the third on a tie-break black after Bond had missed a routine frame-ball green for 11-8.

Clearly feeling the pressure, Bond just got home on the pink to lead 11-9 but Doherty finished strongly, making breaks of 79 and 66 to level and allowing Bond to total only 14 points in the remaining two frames.

"Something came back to me that was missing from the first two sessions," said Doherty. "If I hadn't had the experience of being champion two years ago I don't think I would have won.

"Lifting that trophy gives you phenomenal confidence. It makes you want to fight and be determined to try and achieve it again."

John Higgins, whose 8-0 whitewash of Mark King on Thursday evening had pointed to victory with a morning to spare, had to put in a brief appearance yesterday to make an 80 break and complete the 13-4 win which carried him into the quarter-finals.

John Parrott's 11th Crucible quarter-final opponent will be either the unpredictable Ronnie O'Sullivan or Joe Perry, the world No 74 from Wisbech, whose 55 clearance to beat Steve Davis 10-9 on the final black was the most dramatic moment of the opening week. O'Sullivan made a break of 100 but was otherwise struggling to find his higher gears as he took the 5-3 lead with which he resumes this afternoon.

Parrott knew what to expect from Chris Small, the tall, meticulous Scot whom he beat 13-12 on Friday night. "If you've got a ticket, change it for another match," he said. Slow as the Thorburnesque Small was, it was still engrossing. A win for Small would have put him in the top 16 for the first time and he looked capable of it at 10-9, 54-0. "The 20th frame was massive," said Parrott, reflecting on a 74 for 10-10. He went two up but an hour later Small completed a 131 clearance to level at 12-12. "He's a human limpet. He just won't let go," said Parrott after a cool 68 took the decider.

Matthew Stevens, the 21-year-old Welshman who reached last year's quarter- finals, did so again by beating the volatile Maltese Tony Drago 13-8. Notwithstanding a hat-trick of wins over Stephen Hendry, Drago has had such a poor season that he will not be in the elite top 16 in the end of campaign.

Of all the top players, there is more difference between his best and his worst but two dashing centuries, 108 and 137 gave him two of the morning's first three frames as he attacked his 6-2 overnight deficit.

At 5-7 and 6-8 he was only two behind and managed to limit his arrears at lunch to only 9-7 by responding to Stevens' 62 with a stirring 63 clearance to win on the black.

In the evening, though, he was too inconsistent to narrow this gap. Stevens, who has the flair, fluency and cue power of a potential champion, finished in style with a clearance of 124 and will play either Hendry or James Wattana, Asia's No 1, for a place in the semi-finals.

England's Nick Walker shared the opening eight frames of his second-round match with Wales's Mark Williams. Walker could have gone into today's second session leading if he had not missed a blue in frame three.

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Sport
Harry Redknapp. Mark Hughes and Ryan Shawcross
footballNews and updates as Queens Park Rangers host the Potters
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
News
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
New Articles
i100... with this review
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
New Articles
i100
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Cover Supervisor

£75 - £90 per day + negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Are you a cover supe...

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam