SIX-TIMES World Championship finalist Jimmy White boosted his chances of appearing at the Crucible once again after winning his first qualifying match.
White, known to many as the The Whirlwind and The People’s Champion, booked himself a place in the third round after a 10-7 victory over China’s Tian Pengfei.
The world number 57 last played in the World Championship at the Crucible in 2006 and to make his first appearance there for the first time in seven years he must win two more matches. White next faces China’s Xiao Guodong.
The big surprise on Day 3 of the Qualifying event saw Cao Yupeng suffer a quick exit, losing 10 – 7 to fellow Chinese cueman Zhang Anda.
Yupeng made the last 16 of the World Championship last year after a stunning first round victory over Mark Allen. But his defeat today meant he ended the season in disappointing fashion. Anda meets young Welshman Michael White in the next round.
Norway’s Kurt Maflin continued his impressive season by reaching the third round after beating Craig Steadman. The 10-6 scoreline secured Maflin, who reached the last 16 stage in the German Masters in February, a third round clash with six-times winner Steve Davis in what could be one of the matches of the entire round.
Thailand pair Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Thanawat Thiraponpaiboon kept their chances of making their debuts at the Crucible alive after beating Gerard Greene and Mike Dunn respectively. And fellow Thailand star James Wattana also progressed through after beating Michael Wasley 10-7.
Elsewhere, Jimmy Robertson looked set for a place in the third round after he stormed into a 7-2 lead overnight against Li Yan.
Fraser Patrick, who on Sunday knocked out Luca Brecel, failed to repeat his heroics and trailed 6-2 to Rod Lawler at the close of the first session.
Tony Drago came back from three frames behind down to take a slender 5-4 lead against Andy Hicks going into Tuesday’s final session and Alan McManus edged 4-3 in front in his second round match against India’s Aditya Mehta before the session had to cut short due to time constraints.