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  Thursday, 8 February, 2001, 00:13 GMT
Doherty too strong for Hamilton
Doherty is eyeing another title
Doherty is eyeing another title
Ken Doherty thrashed Anthony Hamilton 6-1 to set up an all Irish head-to-head in the Benson and Hedges Masters quarter-finals.

Doherty now meets fellow Dubliner Fergal O'Brien who earlier stunned world champion and world number one Mark Williams.

Williams was among Doherty's list of scalps during his Welsh Open triumph and he is determined to add another major title to his collection on Sunday night.

A B&H Masters runner-up for the past two seasons, Doherty said: "It's really important to go on and try to win another title, especially when you are buzzing.

"I've played well in the past and then let it slip.

"It's vital to keep my momentum and my motivation going.

"But Fergal will make it hard for me. I know it's going to be a tough match.

He's a hard, determined and gritty performer and won't give me an inch," added Doherty, now installed as second favourite for a 175,000 first prize behind Stephen Hendry.

Doherty also has his eye on the 80,000 sports car available to any player compiling a 147 break.

Glimpse

The former world champion was just one ball from picking up the keys 12 months ago in the final against Matthew Stevens.

"I had a glimpse of the car on my first day here and it immediately brought back bad memories," said Doherty.

"Besides, I didn't like the colour last year. This time it's a red one, my favourite colour," grinned the Manchester United supporter.

Breaks of 52 and 107 gave Doherty a flying start but Hamilton replied with 119 to reduce arrears.

It was to be his last success as Doherty replied with runs of 51, 47 and 48 to reach the quarter-finals for a fifth successive season.



It's vital to keep my momentum and my motivation going

Ken Doherty

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