Bingham, Lisowski and Maguire qualify for Crucible

Former World Championship winner Stuart Bingham secured his place at the 2024 event with a tense 10-8 win over Louis Heathcote in the last qualifying round.

Bingham, the 2015 winner, has slipped to 29th in the world rankings and had to fight back from 7-6 and 8-7 behind.

Jack Lisowski defeated Matthew Stevens 10-3, while Scotland’s Stephen Maguire beat China’s Yuan Sijun 10-6.

Wales’ Jak Jones, a quarter-finalist in 2023, won eight frames in a row in his 10-4 victory over China’s Zhou Yuelong.

Veteran Dominic Dale, 52, reached the Crucible for the first time in 10 years with a 10-8 triumph against China’s He Guoqiang, but 51-year-old Mark Davis was beaten in a deciding frame, losing an all-English tie 10-9 to 2013 semi-finalist Ricky Walden.

“I’m astounded actually,” said Wales’ Dale. “I didn’t feel nervous but it had been so long since I played a match of this magnitude.

“I couldn’t have dreamed at my age of ever getting there. You have to play so many matches to qualify and I wondered…

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