The most important tournament of the year – the one they all work so hard for and means so much!! Last year saw Kurt make his début at the Crucible in Sheffield and his dream was to get there again. Michael was working hard to try and make his début. So Frames Academy was at its busiest in the weeks prior to the qualifiers where we saw all our resident Pro’s – plus a few extras putting in many hours on the table to prepare themselves for THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016!
The qualifying matches are Best of 19 with players having to win 3 of these the week before the World Championships even starts to qualify for the main event. (apart from the Top 16) So we waved Kurt Maflin & Michael Georgiou off with Jimmy White in convoy on Tuesday 5th April hoping not to see them until May!
Both our resident Pro’s (and Jimmy) played on the first day Wednesday 6th April 2016.
Michael Georgiou 6-10 Noppon Saengkham
Michael had a fantastic start to this match, leading 4-1 even getting 106 high break in that 5th frame. But Noppon came back to match his 106 high break in the 6th frame then winning a further 2 making the scores 4-4. Mike took the next leading 5-4 but Noppon was scoring brilliantly with 118, 80, 117, 51 to then lead 9-5. Just when Mike thought it was all over he nicked another frame to go 9-6 but it wasn’t to be and Noppon won frame 16 and the match 10-6!
Kurt Maflin 10- 8 Sanderson Lam
A different story to tell for Kurt, very close match up to frame 7 with Kurt leading 4-3. He then started to widen the gap leading 7-3 and making a century of 106! But Sanderson was hot on his tail bringing it back to 7-5, Kurt went on to win a couple more frames and just 1 away from that magic 10! But Sanderson wasn’t going to let him go without a fight and bought the scores to 9-8 by which time Kurt had had enough and finished him off 10-8 and through to the next round.
Kurt Maflin 10-8 Zhao Xintong
Kurt meets Xintong in the 2nd round of the qualifiers a few days later. He had a fantastic start with an opening break of 110! But Xintong levelled that straight out 1-1 and again 2-2 Kurt lost a bit of rhythm being 6-3 after the first session. He found his feet by about frame 12 with an 88 break bringing the scores a bit tighter at 7-5 down. He then won the next 3 aswell including a 74 break. Xintong bought the scores level in Frame 16 to 8-8 but Kurt finished it off with an 83 & 81 break to make the final score 10-8 once again.
Robert Milkins 10-7 Kurt Maflin
Next up for Kurt in round 3 was Milkins, a tough opponent but Kurt was not phased by it and went in positive. This was a tight match which Kurt equalised at frame 4, 2-2 with a 134 break! At the close of he first session Kurt was 5-4 down. Looking forward to the 2nd session the next day Milkins took the lead and scores got to 7-6 to Milkins where Kurt managed a 75 break in frame 13. At 8-7 to Milkins in frame 15 he took the whole match winning the last 2 frames with an impressive 81 & 106 break. Sadly Kurt lost his chance to go through the crucible for a 2nd year and was out of the World Championships.