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Welsh debutant advances to the second round of snooker’s World Championship

18 Apr 2022 2 minute read
Barry Hawkins in action against Jackson Page during day two of the Betfred World Snooker Championships at The Crucible. Photo Zac Goodwin PA Images

Jackson Page is through to the second round of Snooker’s World Championship after beating Barry Hawkins 10-7.

The 20-year-old from Ebbw Val, who is making his first appearance in the competition, got off to a confident start as he quickly moved into a 3-0 lead.

He hit a break of 128 to help him move 9-7 clear in a decisive moment and sealed the game in the next frame.

Mark Williams will resume his first-round match against Michael White 7-1 up while Anthony McGill holds a 6-3 lead over Liam Highfield and Zhao Xintong beat Jamie Clarke from Llanelli 10-2.

Earlier in the day Ronnie O’Sullivan came back from 3-0 down to beat David Gilbert 10-5.

The world number one is hunting a record-equalling seventh title and will now face Mark Allen or Scott Donaldson in the second round.

O’Sullivan reeled off six frames in a row to take control after Gilbert had raced into a 3-0 lead at the Crucible.

Gilbert won the first two frames of the second session before O’Sullivan eased over the line.

Former Crucible champion Shaun Murphy went out after a 10-8 loss to Stephen Maguire, who won the final three frames to see off the 2005 winner.

Murphy was offered a chance to save himself in the 18th frame when Maguire missed a long red when up by 56 with 75 remaining, but, after potting the black three times, he missed the final red with the rest, and his chances disappeared.

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