Doherty beats Bingham to progress
Former world champion Ken Doherty is through to the second round of the World Snooker Championships after beating Stuart Bingham 10-5 at the Crucible.
The Irishman trailed his opponent 5-4 going into Sunday but played superbly to win every frame against an admittedly out-of-sorts Bingham.
Doherty had trailed 3-0 and 5-3 during Saturday’s session as his eight-year win for a win in the snooker’s top tournament looked set to continue.
However, the Dubliner took command from the first frame on Sunday before eventually cruising to victory and he will meet the winner of the game between John Higgins and Alan McManus on Friday.
After beating Dechawat Poomjaeng to earn his place in the draw, Doherty arrived in Sheffield hoping to avoid a return to punditry duty for as long as possible, having ended up doing that often having failed to qualify for three of the last five years.
Having trailed overnight, the 44-year-old made breaks of 55, 60 and 57 to surge past Bingham and Doherty was delighted with his achievement.
“It was magnificent, just fantastic,” 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 came here with no great expectation. I knew I could surprise a few people but I knew I would be up against it.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to beat Stuart and get through to the next round. I don’t know how many more times I’m going to be here again. I have to savour every moment.
“There’s a lot to do yet though. I’m here to enjoy myself but I’m not here to make up the numbers.
“I’ve had a lot of special memories out there and they came flooding back.”