Blackpool snooker star James Cahill won't make a Crucible return this year

James Cahill's hopes of a return to the Crucible this year have been dashed after the Blackpool snooker professional was defeated in the second round of world championship qualifying.

By Andy Moore
Monday, 12th April 2021, 8:00 am
James Cahill has missed out on a Crucible return
James Cahill has missed out on a Crucible return

The Marton 25-year-old was edged out 6-5 by the Northern Irishman Gerard Greene in a nip-and-tuck contest in Sheffield.

There was never more than one frame between the pair and the match featured only two half-century breaks, both 57s by Greene.

Cahill, who had defeated Sean Maddocks 6-1 in the first round, twice came from behind before taking the lead for the first time at 3-2.

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Greene, ranked 13 places above Cahill at world number 75, then won two frames for a 4-3 lead only for Cahill to take the next two and move within one of victory at 5-4.

However, two more frames for Greene sealed his third-round encounter with 22nd-ranked Gary Wilson today, ending Cahill's hopes of returning to the Crucible venue where he shook the snooker world as an amateur with a first-round victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2019.

That world championship run earned Cahill two years back on the professional tour but he has endured a miserable 2020/21 campaign, failing to progress beyond the second round of any ranking tournament.

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