Eckington potter Duffy advances in quest for Crucible qualification

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Amateur cueman Adam Duffy took one step closer to stepping out on snooker’s biggest stage with a terrific win in the first qualifying round of the World Championship.

The 26-year-old, who hails from Eckington, was in fine form at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, beating former World No.10 Martin Gould 10-6.

Having lost in the first round of qualifying in his two previous attempts, Duffy notched top breaks of 56, 120 and 75 to secure one of the most impressive victories of his career.

He will now have to win two more matches to seal his spot in the first round proper at the Crucible. Duffy has had to do things the hard way this season, after falling off the professional tour following a disappointing run in the 2013-14 campaign.

Nobody from Sheffield has ever represented the city at the Crucible since it became the home of snooker in 1977.

Meanwhile, fellow Sheffield star Joel Walker remains locked in a tight battle as he bids to clinch his first Crucible berth.

The 21-year-old is 5-4 down to Stuart Carrington ahead of this afternoon’s session, and Walker has admitted he dreams of his Crucible debut “more or less every time he picks up his cue”.

“It’s what every player sets out to do,” said the home favourite. “With me being from Sheffield it adds a little bit more to it. It’s a bit more special.”

Walker is back in action at Ponds Forge today at 2.30pm.