Snooker - Amateur Swail marches on towards Crucible

Amateur Joe Swail continued his bid to reach the World Championship with victory over Adam Duffy in round six of qualifying in Sheffield.

Snooker - Amateur Swail marches on towards Crucible

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Joe Swail

The former pro, once ranked 10 in the world, registered his sixth consecutive victory at the English Institute of Sport, 10-6 over the world number 59.

Swail, who has reached the World Championship semis twice - in 2000 and 2001 - and the last 16 a further four times, is now just two wins away from securing a spot in the main draw at the Crucible.

He is the only amateur remaining in contention to qualify for the tournament, which starts on April 20, and next faces Mark Joyce, ranked 46.

Swail was one of three former Crucible semi-finalists in action on Tuesday.

Alan McManus, who reached the last four in 1992 and 1993, advanced after a 10-9 win over Aditya Mehta but Andy Hicks, semi-finalist in 1995, dropped to a 10-7 defeat to veteran Tony Drago.

McManus now plays Nigel Bond while Drago meets David Gilbert.

Round seven also sees the likes of 55-year-old Steve Davis, who has won the tournament six times, enter the fray.

Round six results:

Rod Lawler 10-5 Fraser Patrick

Tony Drago 10-7 Andy Hicks

Jimmy Robertson 10-2 Li Yan

Alan McManus 10-9 Aditya Mehta

Dechawat Poomjaeng 10-9 Liu Chuang

Joe Swail 10-6 Adam Duffy

Yu Delu 10-2 Ian Burns

Liam Highfield 10-9 Barry Pinches

Sam Baird 10-9 Peter Lines

Alfie Burden 10-7 Paul S Davison

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