Snooker World Championships: The name's Bond, Nigel Bond

Nigel Bond and Robbie Williams are now just one step away from the Crucible.

Snooker World Championships: The name's Bond, Nigel Bond
Nigel Bond is one win away from another Crucible appearance  (photo: Snooker Backer)

50-year-old Nigel Bond produced the shock of the day at the Snooker World Championship Qualifying as he saw off Gary Wilson ranked 46 places above him at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Almost curtains for Kurt

Jimmy Robertson was the first player to make it through to the final qualifying round, as he beat a potentially dangerous opponent in Stuart Carrington, 10-5. Robertson shot three centuries, including a 136, as he found his form at the right time.

Ian Burns was nowhere near as electric, but comfortably followed his compatriot through with a 10-3 victory over outsider Hamza Akbar.

Norwegian Kurt Maflin had a much tougher encounter as he came from behind against amateur Zhao Xintong. Maflin won six of the last seven frames to eventually win 10-8.

Kurt Maflin is one round closer to the full World Championship draw (image via:

Michael Holt also found himself trailing to Peter Lines, but came back from 7-6 down to win four consecutive frames.

Bond utilises his experience 

The evening belonged to veteran Nigel Bond, as the man ranked 94th stunned Gary Wilson. With only three breaks over his age of 50, Bond drew on all of his experience to squeeze out Wilson with a 10-6 victory. 

Robbie Williams joined Bond in the second qualifying round with a shock 10-4 victory over Mark Joyce who was ranked 17 places above him.

Noppon Saengkham almost matched Williams as he played some terrific snooker that almost resulted in a 147 break, only to eventually be edged out by Graeme Dott 10-8. Two centuries from Robert Milkins helped him beat Scott Donaldson by the same scoreline, whilst Alan McManus had no problems seeing off David Morris 10-6 with eight half-century breaks.

Ken Doherty, Matthew Stevens, Jack Lisowski, David Gilbert, Dechawat Poomjaeng and Matthew Selt are all in excellent positions midway through their matches overnight. Luca Brecel only leads Liam Highfield by one, whilst Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Tom Ford and Mark Davis will all have to come from behind against lower ranked opponents.