Doherty: Good to be back

SNOOKER: Ken Doherty is "over |the moon" to be back in Sheffield for the World Snooker Championship |after twice sampling the pain of missing out.

The 42-year-old Dubliner triumphed at the Crucible in 1997 and was runner-up both a year later and in 2003. He starts his latest campaign against Australia’s 2010 world champion Neil Robertson tomorrow, and after failing to qualify in 2009 and last year, Doherty is taking particular satisfaction at earning his place on merit.

The pleasure was made |all the better by the fact he was on the brink of losing to Anthony Hamilton in the final qualifying round last Saturday.

He described the feeling of coming through that |close shave as “absolutely beautiful”. He said: “I’ve missed it for two of the last three years, so to be back is great. I’m over the moon.”