HATFIELD snooker player Alfie Burden is one match away from qualifying for the Betfred.com World Championship to be held at the famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

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Burden has to beat former world and UK champion Peter Ebdon in their clash on Sunday at the English Institute of Sport in the Steel City to secure his place at The Crucible.

The 35-year-old, originally from London, entered the qualifying at the third round stage where he defeated David Grace 10-5.

On Thursday, Burden continued his good form by thrashing Jack Lisowski 10-3 with top breaks of 82 and 75 to set up his meeting with Ebdon.

Just 16 players will progress to the Crucible for snooker’s greatest tournament, which carries total prize money of £1.1 million.

Not only is Burden hoping for a good run to the World Championship, he will also be running round the streets of the city, as he is participating in the Sheffield half-marathon on Sunday, May 27 to raise funds for the Paul Hunter Foundation.

Burden has played at the Crucible just once in his career.

In 1998 he won three qualifying rounds to go through to face his good friend Tony Drago in the first round, but his dream ended when Drago beat him 10-8.

The previous year (1997) he had won no fewer than five matches through the qualifiers before he faced On Q Promotions Director of Coaching Terry Griffiths in the final qualifying match.

It was the only tournament that Griffiths entered that season as he attempted to reach the Crucible one last time before retiring.

Burden was quick out of the blocks in the match, taking a 3-1 lead, but after that Griffiths took total control of the game, to run out a 10-4 winner.

To sponsor Alfie’s half-marathon run follow the link above right to his justgiving.com page.

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