Dott misses out for first time in 20 years

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Gaeme Dott suffered agony last night as he failed to quality for this year’s Dafabet World Championship.

Former world champion Dott let slip a 6-4 lead in a shock 10-7 defeat to Englishman Kyren Wilson, the world No 90, in the final round of qualifying at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

It is the first time in his 20-year professional career that Larkhall’s ‘Pocket Dynamo’ has failed to qualify for snooker’s blue-ribbon event at the Crucible Theatre, which runs from April 19 – May 5.

Victory for Wilson assured a place in tomorrow’s live first round draw – and the chance to draw one of the green baize games’ big guns like Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins or Neil Robertson.

The 22-year-old from Northampton also became the first Crucible debutant to be confirmed for this year’s 17-day showcase event.

Former Crucible champion Ken Doherty fought back from 4-2 down to beat Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng 10-5, while Michael Holt beat Jamie Jones 10-6, David Gilbert beat Jimmy Robertson 10-6 and Welshman Dominic Dale defeated Andrew Higginson 10-6 to all book their respective places at snooker’s very own ‘Theatre Dreams’.

Tom Ford upset former Crucible finalist Matthew Stevens with a battling 10-8 win.