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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2007, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Hamilton cruises past McCulloch
Anthony Hamilton
Hamilton also reached the Crucible last eight in 2000, 2002 and 2004
Anthony Hamilton won the first five frames of Saturday's second session to defeat Ian McCulloch 13-8 and reach the World Championship quarter-finals.

The players were locked at 8-8 after a scrappy and mistake-ridden opening session with Hamilton recording breaks of 60, 61 and 63.

Hamilton had a storming start to the second session and breaks of 111 and 107 put him on the brink of victory.

He sealed a last eight place for the first time since 2004 with a run of 91.

"The match was rubbish until halfway through but I enjoyed the battle," said world number 16 Hamilton, who has found his form in the last couple of months after a poor start to the season.

I had chances and I'm not going to make excuses

Ian McCulloch

"Ian is such a rock-solid player who won't let go of you and I'm the same, so you sort of sadistically enjoy those sort of games.

"But today was better. I can't remember the last session I played here that was good. I've played rubbish here for three or four years and it starts to get to you.

"I feel stronger this year and it doesn't feel like I've reached a goal by getting to the quarters."

McCulloch, who defeated reigning champion Graeme Dott in the opening round, was philosophical in defeat.

"Personally I think Anthony is different class to Graeme," said the world number 26 from Preston. "He hasn't achieved as much but he's a far harder player to beat.

"He's as hard as nails and if he starts scoring you've got your hands full.

"I had chances and I'm not going to make excuses. I was beaten by someone who played much better than me."


Anthony Hamilton 13-8 Ian McCulloch
8-75 (68) 63-42 55-79 69-9 (60) 25-70 73-57 55-62 70-1 (61) 71-20 72-14 32-58 53-64 (64) 64-62 (63) 51-62 26-74 (56) 61-18 65-40 (65) 111-0 (111) 54-43 107-25 (107) 91-5 (91)



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