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World Championship Review

Whilst I was disappointed to lose 13 - 4 to John Higgins
in the last 16 of the 888.com World Championship
there were still plenty of positives to take from the event.

Of course, John went on to become World Champion for the second time,
beating Mark Selby 18 - 13 in a great final.
John is not only a great champion but one of the games nicest people
and a great ambassador for our sport.

Giving the strength in depth of the game at the moment just to qualify for the Crucible is an achievement.

In my first match back in February I beat Mark Joyce 10 - 4
and then I had a great win over Stuart Bingham 10 -5 to qualify from 5- 5 .
I played very well to win the last five frames

I didn't qualify last year or in 2003/2004 so I was delighted to get back to the home of snooker once again.
To have the season finish in March and then to have to wait weeks to watch others
playing at the Crucible is an experience I hope I never have to deal with again.
I much prefer to have my season finish in May.


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