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Last Updated: Monday, 18 April, 2005, 21:43 GMT 22:43 UK
Doherty charge sees off Pinches
By Jonathan Rawcliffe
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Ken Doherty
Doherty turned the match around by winning seven consecutive frames.
Ken Doherty won eight frames in a row in a devastating performance to defeat Norwich's Barry Pinches 10-5.

Pinches lost the last frame of the first session, but still held a 5-3 lead going into Monday evening.

Breaks of 55 and 70 in the ninth saw Doherty move to within one behind, and he followed those with a 91 and a 109 to edge in front.

Pinches had chances in the final frame, but missed a long red, and let Doherty in to complete the rout.

The Dubliner acknowledged the contrast in his form over the two sessions, saying: "It was looking like I couldn't make 30 or 40.

"But that's why it's called the Crucible - it heats up out there.

"In the evening I was a different player. I knew it was in me, but getting it out is the hard thing."


K DOHERTY (Ire) 10-5 B PINCHES (Eng)

25-59 68-34 0-77 (68) 11-63 0-102 (102) 69-9 (68) 0-73 (52) 74-34 125-0 (55,70) 95-0 (91) 109-1 (109) 76-2 101-22 (68) 82-14 (82) 59-26




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