Betfred World Championship Draw
James Cahill, the first ever amateur to compete at the Crucible, will face Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round of the Betfred World Championship.
The random draw for the last 32 of snooker’s biggest event was made today, with the top 16 seeds pitted against the 16 players who came through the qualifying rounds.
Blackpool’s 23-year-old Cahill, who has played on the pro tour in the past and has beaten the likes of Mark Selby and Ding Junhui at the UK Championship, earned his Crucible debut by winning three qualifying matches and has been handed a tie against five-time champion O’Sullivan.
That match will start on Monday and play to a finish on Tuesday.
Defending champion Mark Williams will be up against Martin Gould in the opening match, which takes place in the 10am and 7pm sessions on Saturday.
Judd Trump will take on the fastest player on the tour, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, while Neil Robertson will be up against one of seven debutants, Michael Georgiou.
John Higgins faces bogey player Mark Davis while Mark Selby’s opponent is gifted Chinese potter Zhao Xintong.
Mark Williams (1) v Martin Gould
David Gilbert (16) v Joe Perry
Barry Hawkins (9) v Li Hang
Kyren Wilson (8) v Scott Donaldson
John Higgins (5) v Mark Davis
Stuart Bingham (12) v Graeme Dott
Shaun Murphy (13) v Luo Honghao
Neil Robertson (4) v Michael Georgiou
Mark Selby (3) v Zhao Xintong
Luca Brecel (14) v Gary Wilson
Jack Lisowski (11) v Ali Carter
Mark Allen (6) v Zhou Yuelong
Judd Trump (7) v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Ding Junhui (10) v Anthony McGill
Stephen Maguire (15) v Tian Pengfei
Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) v James Cahill
The tournament in Sheffield runs from April 20 to May 6 with a top prize of £500,000 up for grabs. There will be extensive TV coverage from BBC and Eurosport.