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Snooker: Doherty does enough

IRELAND, Wales and Scotland made it through to the World Cup quarter-finals after yesterday's final set of group matches.

Ken Doherty beat Matthew Stevens in the final frame of Ireland's match against Wales to ensure his side picked up the two frames they needed -- qualifying despite a 3-2 defeat. Ireland now face the challenge of China, while Wales come up against Australia.

The Welsh had earlier been assured of their progress before taking to the table after Pakistan were only able to beat Egypt 3-2, while Poland's doubles win over the second Thailand team ushered the Scots through before their match against Hong Kong began.

England and Northern Ireland had already qualified before their closing Group C meeting, which also went to a deciding frame. England now have a quarter-final against Hong Kong, with Northern Ireland facing Scotland.

The Australia pairing of former world champion Neil Robertson and amateur Steve Mifsud earlier made it through with a 4-1 win over the United Arab Emirates.

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Irish Independent