Steve Davis & Jimmy White out of World Championship qualifiers

Steve Davis


Qualifiers - English Institute of Sport, Sheffield; Championships - Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Qualifiers - 5-15 April; Championships - 21 April - 7 May
Sessions at 1000, 1430 & 1900 BST
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Snooker legends Steve Davis and Jimmy White will not play in this year's World Championship, after both were beaten in the fourth qualifying round.

Davis, 54, who won the last of his six world titles in 1989, lost 10-7 to Ben Woollaston, the world number 48.

Woollaston will now face Welshman Dominic Dale in the fifth and final round of qualifying.

White, who lost six World Championship finals, five consecutively from 1990-1994, lost 10-8 to Liu Chuang of China.

Davis, who is now ranked 39 in the world, also missed out on Crucible qualification last year, but that 2011 failure was the first time since he turned professional in 1978 that he had not qualified for the final stages of either the World or UK Championship.

Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry and previous winners Ken Doherty and Peter Ebdon also need to qualify after dropping out of the top 16.

The trio all join the draw in the fifth round, and will be glad they have avoided Gloucester's Robert Milkins after he made a maximum break of 147 during his 10-4 victory over Xiao Guodong.

Hendry will face Yu Delu on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Doherty plays Anthony Hamilton on Saturday morning and evening, and Ebdon takes on Alfie Burden on Sunday morning and evening.

Once the qualifiers are complete, the top 16 will learn their first-round Crucible opponents when the draw is made on Monday16 April.

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