Davis tackles World Championship Qualifiers

Mark Davis will take on Joe O'Connor in round one of the World Championship Qualifiers today
Mark Davis will take on Joe O'Connor in round one of the World Championship Qualifiers today
  • Davis to face O’Connor in opening match at World Championship Qualifiers
  • Best of 19 frames clash will take place this morning and evening
  • Three wins needed to reach The Crucible
  • Davis has reached three quarter-finals in recent weeks

Mark Davis is all set to begin his quest to qualify for the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

The St Leonards cueman will contest his opening match in the qualifiers today (Thursday) when he takes on English amateur Joe O’Connor.

The first session in the best of 19 frames contest at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield will take place from 10am with the second session following at 7pm.

O’Connor has enjoyed very limited success in World Snooker events this season, although he did pull off a good 5-2 win over world number 28 Ben Woollaston in the China Open Qualifiers.

If world number 18 Davis comes through that match, he will face 79th-ranked Oliver Lines or 111th-ranked Ian Glover in round two of the qualifiers on Sunday and Monday.

The winner of that match will advance to the third and final round of the qualifiers on Tuesday and Wednesday when a place alongside the world’s top 16 players at The Crucible in Sheffield later this month will be up for grabs.

Davis, who has reached the quarter-finals of three separate tournaments in recent weeks, has been a regular at The Crucible in recent years, albeit without ever going beyond the second round.