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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 18 Apr - 4 May 1998; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: Ken Doherty; Notes: See also results (159)
played on 3-4 May
Scotland John Higgins (a) 18-12 Ireland Ken Doherty (a) Head to head
Doherty became another World Champion who fell to the "Crucible curse" and could not defend his first World title. However, Doherty has come closer than any other first-time champion bar Joe Johnson to retaining his championship.

34-73(59), 80-20(53), 86-7, 71-1(71), 113-0(66), 73-52(52,55), 130-0(130), 0-89(89), 0-112(112), 7-66, 18-97(58), 66-2(51), 103-4(103), 86-5, 138-0(64,74), 70-82, 39-90(69), 89-0(89), 6-61(55), 130-0(130), 0-90(86), 1-99(59), 58-48, 44-82, 60-14, 128-0(128), 71-58, 41-78, 66-16, 119-8(118)

Referee: Lawrie Annandale

played on 30 April - 2 May
Ireland Ken Doherty (a) 17-14 Wales Mark J Williams (a) Head to head
Scotland John Higgins (a) 17-9 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) Head to head
played 28-29 April
Ireland Ken Doherty (a) 13-10 Wales Matthew Stevens (a) Head to head
Wales Mark J Williams (a) 13-11 England Peter Ebdon (a) Head to head
Scotland John Higgins (a) 13-11 England John Parrott (a) Head to head
Higgins' 143 in frame 17 was the highest break of the event (beside White's 143 in the Last 16 and Griffin's and Pinches' 143 in qualifying).
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) 13-7 England Jimmy White (a) Head to head
Round 2
(Last 16)
played 23-27 April
1 Ireland Ken Doherty (a) 13-8 England Stephen Lee (a) Head to head
2 Wales Matthew Stevens (a) 13-9 England Mark King (a) Head to head
3 England Peter Ebdon (a) 13-5 Ireland Fergal O'Brien (a) Head to head
4 Wales Mark J Williams (a) 13-6 England Steve Davis (a) Head to head
5 Scotland John Higgins (a) 13-9 England Anthony Hamilton (a) Head to head
6 England John Parrott (a) 13-7 Malta Tony Drago (a) Head to head
7 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) 13-4 Scotland Alan McManus (a) Head to head
8 England Jimmy White (a) 13-3 Wales Darren Morgan (a) Head to head
White's 143 in frame 17 was the highest break of the event (beside Higgins' 143 in the QF and Griffin's and Pinches' 143 in qualifying).
Round 1
(Last 32)
played on 18-23 April
1 Ireland Ken Doherty (a) 10-8 Wales Lee Walker (a) Head to head
2 England Stephen Lee (a) 10-4 England Andy Hicks (a)  
3 Wales Matthew Stevens (a) 10-8 Canada Alain Robidoux (a) Head to head

This was Stevens' first time at the crucible.

4 England Mark King (a) 10-5 England Nigel Bond (a) Head to head
5 England Peter Ebdon (a) 10-3 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy (a)  

This was Murphy's first time at the crucible.

6 Ireland Fergal O'Brien (a) 10-9 Thailand James Wattana (a) Head to head
7 England Steve Davis (a) 10-6 England Simon Bedford (a) Head to head

This was Bedford's first time at the crucible.

8 Wales Mark J Williams (a) 10-9 Australia Quinten Hann (a) Head to head

This was Hann's first time at the crucible.

9 Scotland John Higgins (a) 10-8 England Jason Ferguson (a) Head to head
10 England Anthony Hamilton (a) 10-8 England Dave Harold (a) Head to head
11 Malta Tony Drago (a) 10-8 England Alfie Burden (a) Head to head

This was Burden's first time at the crucible.

12 England John Parrott (a) 10-4 England Peter Lines (a) Head to head

This was Lines' first time at the crucible.

13 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) 10-5 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (a) Head to head
14 Scotland Alan McManus (a) 10-8 England David Gray (a) Head to head

This was Gray's first time at the crucible.

15 Wales Darren Morgan (a) 10-8 Northern Ireland Jason Prince (a)  

This was Prince's first time at the crucible.

16 England Jimmy White (a) 10-4 Scotland Stephen Hendry (a) Head to head

It was the first time since his debut in 1986 that Hendry lost in the last 32.
Hendry's eight-year run as the world number one ended and he was replaced by John Higgins.

World Championship Qualifiers

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 2 Jan - 22 Mar 1998; Venue: Newport Centre, Newport, Wales; View on separate page; Notes: See also results (128)
Qual Round 7
(Last 48)
1 Wales Lee Walker (a) 10-9 Scotland Billy Snaddon (a)  
2 England Andy Hicks (a) 10-1 England David Roe (a) Head to head
3 Wales Matthew Stevens (a) 10-8 England Neal Foulds (a)  
4 England Mark King (a) 10-9 England Paul Hunter (a) Head to head
5 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy (a) 10-2 England Nick Pearce (a) Head to head
6 Ireland Fergal O'Brien (a) 10-7 England Joe Perry (a) Head to head
7 England Simon Bedford (a) 10-9 England Gary Wilkinson (a) Head to head
8 Australia Quinten Hann (a) 10-6 England Brian Morgan (a)  
9 England Jason Ferguson (a) 10-7 Ireland Mick Price (a)  
10 England Dave Harold (a) 10-7 Ireland Joe Delaney (a) Head to head
11 England Alfie Burden (a) 10-3 England Rod Lawler (a) Head to head
12 England Peter Lines (a) 10-6 England Steve James (a)  
13 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (a) 10-3 England Matthew Couch (a) Head to head
14 England David Gray (a) 10-5 Scotland Chris Small (a)  
15 Northern Ireland Jason Prince (a) 10-8 England Martin Clark (a)  
16 England Jimmy White (a) 10-5 England Bradley Jones (a)  
Qual Round 6
(Last 64)
1 Wales Lee Walker (a) 10-5 England Leigh Griffin (a) Head to head
2 England David Roe (a) 10-9 Scotland Graeme Dott (a)  
3 Wales Matthew Stevens (a) 10-5 Scotland Drew Henry (a) Head to head
4 England Paul Hunter (a) 10-5 England Steve Judd (a)  
5 England Nick Pearce (a) 10-8 England Joe Johnson (a)  
6 England Joe Perry (a) 10-6 England Nick Walker (a)  
7 England Simon Bedford (a) 10-7 England Tony Jones (a)  
8 Australia Quinten Hann (a) 10-3 Wales Anthony Davies (a)  
9 England Jason Ferguson (a) 10-6 Scotland Marcus Campbell (a)  
10 Ireland Joe Delaney (a) 10-8 England Gary Ponting (a)  
11 England Alfie Burden (a) 10-2 England Wayne Brown (a)  
12 England Peter Lines (a) 10-5 England Stuart Pettman (a) Head to head
13 England Matthew Couch (a) 10-2 England Stefan Mazrocis (a)  
14 England David Gray (a) 10-9 England Karl Burrows (a)  
15 Northern Ireland Jason Prince (a) 10-6 England Andrew Higginson (a)  
16 England Bradley Jones (a) 10-9 England Ian McCulloch (a)  
Qual Round 5
(Last 96)
1 Wales Lee Walker (a) 10-3 England Jonathan Birch (a)  
2 England Leigh Griffin (a) 10-4 England Karl Broughton (a)  
3 England David Roe (a) 10-7 England Ian Brumby (a)  
4 Scotland Graeme Dott (a) 10-3 Scotland John Lardner (a)  
5 Wales Matthew Stevens (a) 10-5 Ireland Stephen O'Connor (a)  
6 Scotland Drew Henry (a) 10-5 England Sean Storey (a) Head to head
7 England Paul Hunter (a) 10-5 England Lee Richardson (a)  
8 England Steve Judd (a) 10-8 Ireland Michael Judge (a)  
9 England Joe Johnson (a) 10-6 Scotland Martin Dziewialtowski (a)  
10 England Nick Pearce (a) 10-5 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer (a) Head to head
11 England Nick Walker (a) 10-3 England Willie Thorne (a)  
12 England Joe Perry (a) 10-3 Pakistan Shokat Ali (a)  
13 England Tony Jones (a) 10-9 England Paul Wykes (a)  
14 England Simon Bedford (a) 10-3 Scotland Euan Henderson (a)  
15 Australia Quinten Hann (a) 10-3 Wales Wayne Jones (a)  
16 Wales Anthony Davies (a) 10-6 England Jamie Woodman (a)  
17 England Jason Ferguson (a) 10-6 England Darren Clarke (a)  
18 Scotland Marcus Campbell (a) 10-9 England Chris Scanlon (a)  
19 Ireland Joe Delaney (a) 10-8 Scotland Jamie Burnett (a)  
20 England Gary Ponting (a) 10-6 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a)  
21 England Alfie Burden (a) 10-6 England Mark Bennett (a) Head to head
22 England Wayne Brown (a) 10-8 England Dean Reynolds (a)  
23 England Peter Lines (a) 10-7 England David Finbow (a)  
24 England Stuart Pettman (a) 10-5 New Zealand Dene O'Kane (a)  
25 England Matthew Couch (a) 10-9 Wales Paul Davies (a) Head to head
26 England Stefan Mazrocis (a) 10-6 England Karl Payne (a) Head to head
27 England David Gray (a) 10-4 England Mark Davis (a) Head to head
28 England Karl Burrows (a) 10-5 Wales Tony Chappel (a)  
29 Northern Ireland Jason Prince (a) 10-4 England John Read (a)  
30 England Andrew Higginson (a) 10-5 England Jimmy Michie (a)  
31 England Bradley Jones (a) 10-5 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene (a)  
32 England Ian McCulloch (a) 10-7 Wales Dominic Dale (a) Head to head
Qual Round 4
(Last 104)
1 England Leigh Griffin (a) 10-7 Ireland Leo Fernandez (a)  
2 Scotland John Lardner (a) 10-5 England Brian Rowswell (a)  
3 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer (a) 10-5 England Troy Shaw (a)  
4 England Joe Perry (a) 10-7 England Barry Pinches (a) Head to head
5 England Simon Bedford (a) 10-9 England Mark Gray (a)  
6 Ireland Joe Delaney (a) 10-1 Australia Peter McCullagh (a)  
7 England David Gray (a) 10-5 England Adrian Rosa (a)  
8 England Andrew Higginson (a) 10-5 Scotland Craig MacGillivray (a)  
Qual Round 3
(Last 112)
1 Ireland Leo Fernandez (a) 10-6 Wales Philip Williams (a)  
2 England Brian Rowswell (a) 10-9 England Jeff Cundy (a)  
3 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer (a) 10-5 England Surinder Gill (a)  
4 England Barry Pinches (a) 10-2 England Nick Terry (a) Head to head
5 England Simon Bedford (a) 10-2 England Jason Wallace (a)  
6 Ireland Joe Delaney (a) 10-8 England Munraj Pal (a)  
7 England Adrian Rosa (a) 10-8 Hong Kong Marco Fu (a)  
8 England Andrew Higginson (a) 10-7 Wales Ian Sargeant (a)  
Qual Round 2
(Last 128)
1 Ireland Leo Fernandez (a) 10-8 England Robert Milkins (a)  
2 Wales Philip Williams (a) 10-6 England Steve Meakin (a)  
3 England Brian Rowswell (a) 10-4 England Joe Jogia (a)  
4 England Jeff Cundy (a) 10-9 Unknown Chris Shade (a)  
5 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer (a) 10-5 England Ali Carter (a)  
6 England Surinder Gill (a) 10-4 England Stuart Reardon (a)  
7 England Barry Pinches (a) 10-3 England Nic Barrow (a)  
8 England Nick Terry (a) 10-1 England Garry Baldrey (a)  
9 England Simon Bedford (a) 10-6 England Mark Johnston-Allen (a)  
10 England Jason Wallace (a) 10-4 England Oliver King (a)  
11 Ireland Joe Delaney (a) 10-8 England Gary Lees (a)  
12 England Munraj Pal (a) 10-4 England Christopher McGee (a)  
13 England Adrian Rosa (a) 10-7 England Stuart Bingham (a)  
14 Hong Kong Marco Fu (a) 10-2 England Mike Hallett (a)  
15 England Andrew Higginson (a) 10-6 England Simon Parker (a)  
16 Wales Ian Sargeant (a) 10-0 England Andy Neck (a)  
Qual Round 1
(Last 160)
1 Ireland Leo Fernandez (a) 10-3 Scotland Evan Munro (a)  
2 England Robert Milkins (a) 10-2 England Michael O'Sullivan (a)  
3 Wales Philip Williams (a) 10-2 England John Burns (a)  
4 England Steve Meakin (a) 10-7 England Neal Tomkins (a)  
5 England Brian Rowswell (a) 10-7 England Sean Lanigan (a)  
6 England Joe Jogia (a) 10-8 Scotland Hugh Abernethy (a) Head to head
7 England Jeff Cundy (a) 10-7 Northern Ireland Dylan Leary (a)  
8 Unknown Chris Shade (a) 10-3 England Nick Manning (a)  
9 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer (a) 10-6 England James McGouran (a) Head to head
10 England Ali Carter (a) 10-8 England Scott Cooney (a)  
11 England Surinder Gill (a) 10-5 England Stuart Parnell (a)  
12 England Stuart Reardon (a) 10-8 England Jason Weston (a)  
13 England Barry Pinches (a) 10-3 Belgium Mario Geudens (a)  
14 England Nic Barrow (a) 10-4 Netherlands Mario Wehrmann (a)  
15 England Nick Terry (a) 10-6 England Leigh Robinson (a)  
16 England Garry Baldrey (a) 10-8 Scotland Graham Horne (a)  
17 England Simon Bedford (a) 10-4 England Justin Buckingham (a)  
18 England Mark Johnston-Allen (a) 10-5 Ireland Joe O'Boye (a)  
19 England Jason Wallace (a) 10-9 England Andrew Cairns (a)  
20 England Oliver King (a) 10-7 Finland Robin Hull (a)  
21 Ireland Joe Delaney (a) 10-4 England Ryan Mitchell (a)  
22 England Gary Lees (a) 10-6 Scotland Paul McPhillips (a)  
23 England Munraj Pal (a) 10-8 England Les Dodd (a)  
24 England Christopher McGee (a) 10-6 England Lee Mallen (a)  
25 England Adrian Rosa (a) 10-9 England Darryn Walker (a)  
26 England Stuart Bingham (a) 10-1 England Ian Hurdman (a)  
27 Hong Kong Marco Fu (a) 10-5 England Paul Sweeny (a)  
28 England Mike Hallett (a) 10-4 England Garoid O'Connor (a)  
29 England Andrew Higginson (a) 10-6 Ireland David McDonnell (a)  
30 England Simon Parker (a) 10-4 Ireland Stephen Murphy (a)  
31 Wales Ian Sargeant (a) 10-8 England Steve Day (a)  
32 England Andy Neck (a) 10-5 England David Coles (a)