World Championship qualifiers: Peter Ebdon beats James Wattana

Peter Ebdon
Former world champion Peter Ebdon also lost two finals at the Crucible in 1996 and 2006

Former world champion Peter Ebdon moved closer to a return to the Crucible with a 10-6 qualifying win over Thailand's James Wattana.

Englishman Ebdon, 45, who triumphed in 2002, must win two more matches to reach the World Championship proper in Sheffield from 16 April to 2 May.

Nigel Bond, runner-up in 1995, advanced with a 10-9 qualifying victory over Andrew Higginson.

Former world number 10 Anthony Hamilton beat Sydney Wilson 10-3.

Six-time runner-up Jimmy White, 53, trails Northern Ireland's Gerard Greene 5-4. They will resume at 14:30 BST on Thursday.

Hong Kong's Ng On Yee, who lost the Ladies' World Championship final to Reanne Evans on Tuesday, trails Peter Lines 9-0.

Graeme Dott, world champion in 2006, leads Brandon Sargeant 5-4, while 1997 winner Ken Doherty begins his match against former semi-finalist Andy Hicks on Thursday.

Sixteen players will qualify from the event at Ponds Forge in Sheffield to join the world's top 16 at the Crucible.

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