Snooker: Williams capitalises to set up all-Welsh final

MARK WILLIAMS profited from two key lapses by Stephen Hendry in defeating the seven times world champion 9-6 to set up an all-Welsh final in the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship here today, the circuit's first since Doug Mountjoy beat Wayne Jones to win the Mercantile Classic in January, 1989.

Snooker: Perfect finish eludes Ronnie

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN, who has made two of the record nine 147 maximums seen on the circuit this year, almost completed his 9-2 win over Wayne Brown with another as he reached the last 16 of the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship here.

Snooker: Hendry is all tied up by Wattana

JAMES WATTANA made life difficult for Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White here last night as he made an encouraging start to his Embassy World Championship second-round tie with the six-times world champion. The world No 15 from Thailand can only save his top 16 status and exclude White from the rankings by reaching his first Crucible final.

SNOOKER: Perry posts warning to O'Sullivan

JOE PERRY has promised to repay his father's faith and investment by winning the Embassy World Championship, and by sharing his penultimate session with Ronnie O'Sullivan here yesterday, Perry gave himself a chance of fulfilling that pledge.

Snooker: Relaxed Higgins eases into quarter-final

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 of the Embassy World Championship at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Snooker: Doherty given a shock by Bond

NIGEL BOND provided a shock for the former title holder Ken Doherty by taking a 3-1 interval lead at the start of their second-round match in the Embassy World Championship in Sheffield yesterday.

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Snooker: White no longer seems to be in with a shout

JIMMY WHITE has found so many ways to avoid winning the Embassy World Snooker Championship it seems inconceivable that anyone could find another, but Alan McManus located one. The Whirlwind, he says, could be handicapped by his boisterous supporters.

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Snooker: Dott finds right spot to achieve perfection

GRAEME DOTT joined the exclusive 147 maximum break club here yesterday to help ease him into the last 32 of the British Open. The 21- year-old Glaswegian achieved snooker's perfect break - the fifth this year and seventh of the season - in the eighth frame of his game against David Roe.

Snooker: White on course for return to Crucible

JIMMY WHITE made a promising start in his effort to secure a 19th consecutive appearance in the televised stages of the Embassy World Championship yesterday at Telford.

Snooker: Free role for Reynolds

DEAN REYNOLDS was pleased just to be able to play Joe Johnson at the Embassy World Championship qualifying competition in Telford yesterday.

Snooker: Dott balls sink Parrott

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SNOOKER: Ebdon slow show ends in defeat

THE CHORUS of disapproval from a Wembley crowd is normally reserved for a poor performance by England's footballers. But last night the jeers were for the decision to call a premature halt to a snooker match next door at the Wembley Conference Centre.

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