Dartford ace loses chance of making the quarter-finals after close fought match against Matt Stevens.

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Barry Hawkins has bowed out of the World Snooker Championships after losing seven of the last ten frames to Matthew Stevens.

Hawkins eventually lost the tie 13-11 after a close fought match, which at one point he led 8-6. But Stevens came into the game in the final session and will now go on to play fellow Welshman Ryan Day.

Stevens won the first two frames yesterday with a top break of 65 to go 10-8 ahead, then Hawkins fought back to 10-10 with 64 and 63. Stevens won two scrappy frames for 12-10 before Dartford’s Hawkins pulled one back with a run of 51.

Stevens told the tournament’s official website: “It was very tough. I stuck in there yesterday after being 3-0 down and Barry played very solidly in the opening few frames and I was under the cosh all the way.

“But I was pleased with the way I came back last night with quite a few breaks, scoring heavily. Today was very tense, both of us kept missing balls and it was tough but it is nice to get back to a quarter-final.

“Ryan has had a tough time in the last couple of years with the change in the ranking system.

“Everybody says he has dropped down so much but the way the new ranking system came in he was affected more than anyone and it has been very tough for him. It is nice to see him come back, especially with a good win over Ding, so I was very pleased when he got to the quarters. Hopefully he won’t get any further.

“My last final here was seven years ago and I’m not getting any younger, but I still feel as if I can compete with the so-called top players, if I play my game and score heavily.

“I am taking each match as it comes but I feel comfortable amongst the balls. I missed a couple today but you are going to miss balls and I accept that. I’m pretty confident the way I am playing.”

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