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Couch ends Parrott's Crucible bid

John Parrott
Parrott won his only World Championship title in 1991

John Parrott's hopes of a return to the World Snooker Championships ended in a 10-3 defeat by Matthew Couch.

Despite Parrott's late rally, featuring the match's highest break of 131 in the ninth frame, Scunthorpe's Couch dominated the fourth qualifying round.

Lee Spink and Judd Trump are also one match away from the Crucible after wins over Adrian Gunnell and Joe Delaney.

Former champions Steve Davis, Ken Doherty and Mark Williams will be among those in the final round of qualifying.


Couch, who had previously seen off Michael Georgiou and Andrew Norman, roared into a 7-1 lead, leaving Parrott with too much to do to avoid missing the finals for a second successive year.

Ricky Walden, who upset Ronnie O'Sullivan to claim the Shanghai Masters earlier this season, kept on course with an emphatic 10-1 win over Rod Lawler.

The final qualifying stage starts on Sunday with the players setting their sights on a place in the televised finals which begin on 18 April.

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see also
White fails in World qualifiers
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White & Davis in Welsh Open bid
10 Feb 09 |  Snooker
White suffers first-round defeat
25 Aug 08 |  Snooker
Whirlwind returns to Shropshire
29 Feb 08 |  Snooker
Snooker on the BBC
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