World Snooker Championship: Ken Doherty beats Bingham

World Snooker Championship

  • Venue: The Crucible, Sheffield
  • Dates: 20 April – 5 May

Ken Doherty progressed to the World Snooker Championship second round for the first time in eight years with a 10-5 victory over Stuart Bingham. Doherty, the 1997 champion, is the oldest man in the draw at 44 and had needed to battle through qualifying to arrive at the Crucible.

I don’t know how many more times I’m going to be here again. I have to savour every momentBut the Irishman rolled back the years as he won all six frames in the early session on Sunday to clinch victory.

He said: “It was magnificent. It’s a fantastic feeling to get through.”

Trailing 5-4 at the start of the session, Doherty made breaks of 55, 60, 57 and 60 to see off an out-of-sorts Bingham.

Having kissed the carpet when he arrived in the auditorium at the start of the match, there was no doubting the Irishman’s passion for the tournament.He said: “I was starting to get really emotional. When I went 9-5 up, I started to feel the nerves a little bit but I was loving every minute.

“I don’t know how many more times I’m going to be here again. I have to savour every moment.”I’ve had a lot of special memories out there and they came flooding back.”

Bingham added: “Ken did a number on me. He’s ‘Crafty Ken’ for a reason – he can see your weaknesses and exploit them.”

In Sunday’s other early-session match, Jamie Burnett took a 6-3 lead against Joe Perry.