Michael White completed a 10-4 defeat of Ross Muir to clinch his Judgement Day place at Betfred World Championship Qualifying.
The 25-year-old has had a mixed season, but looks to be finding his form having gone on an impressive run to the last 16 of the recent China Open. White’s no stranger to success in Sheffield, he made the quarter-final stage on his Crucible debut in 2013.
The Welsh potter made breaks of 144, 97 and 104 during the win and will now face Gary Wilson for a spot at the Crucible.
“I’ve come up against two opponents who play very steady and I’ve dealt with it pretty well. I’ve come in here well prepared and I’ve deserved my two comfortable wins,” said the 2015 Indian Open Champion. “I feel like my game is in as good shape as it ever has been, as is the mental side of things. I’m pleased to get through the first two as it is never easy coming here. One more to go and then you start to get a bit excited for the Crucible.”
Wilson ended Peter Lines’ quest to become the first amateur to play at the Crucible with a 10-7 win. The former China Open finalist Wilson clinched a dramatic 17th frame which included a fifteen minute safety battle on the last black. Eventually Lines left a thin cut to the middle which Wilson duly deposited.
Reanne Evans is still in the hunt to become the first women to play at the Crucible, but her bid hangs in the balance. She trails Lee Walker 9-4, but was playing catch up for most of the afternoon due to coming in with a 6-1 deficit after the first session. The match had to be pulled off to allow the evening session to get underway and will conclude later.
Mark King remains in position to end his season on a high after defeating Fang Xiongman 10-4. The Romford potter now faces Xiao Guodong, who beat Sam Baird 10-4, for a place at the Crucible.
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