Doherty on course for Shanghai

Doherty on course for Shanghai
By Eurosport

27/07/2012 at 09:25Updated 27/07/2012 at 16:25

Ken Doherty kicked off his campaign to qualify for the Shanghai Masters with a narrow victory over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in Sheffield.

The former world number two - now ranked 30th - edged his Thai opponent 5-4 in the third round to keep alive his hopes of a place at September's tournament in China.

Fellow veteran Steve Davis was also on the winning trail on the third day of action at the World Snooker Academy, the 54-year-old beating Alfie Burden 5-1.

Doherty next plays Marcus Campbell while Davis will meet Andrew Higginson on Friday with a place on the plane to China the prize.

Mark Davis, Barry Hawkins and Peter Ebdon are among those entering the fray at the fourth round stage.

Round three results:

33) Mike Dunn 0-5 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

34) Nigel Bond 5-1 Scott Donaldson

35) Matthew Selt 4-5 Aditya Mehta

36) Anthony McGill 5-4 Andy Hicks

37) Jimmy White 5-1 Michael White

38) Jamie Burnett 5-4 Ian Burns

39) Robert Milkins 5-4 Liam Highfield

40) Xiao Guodong 2-5 David Grace

41) Gerard Greene 2-5 David Gilbert

42) Steve Davis 5-1 Alfie Burden

43) Ben Woollaston 3-5 Barry Pinches

44) Liang Wenbo 4-5 Rod Lawler

45) Ken Doherty 5-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

46) Jack Lisowski 1-5 Jimmy Robertson

47) Rory McLeod 4-5 Mark Joyce

48) Dave Harold 5-3 Cao Yupeng