Impressive White clinches famous win

Michael White knocked out Mark Williams in the first round of this year's World Championship.

Michael White knocked out Mark Williams in the first round of this year’s World Championship.

YOUNG Welsh prodigy Michael White held his nerve to clinch a famous win over Mark Williams in the first round of the World Championship.

The Neath youngster, making his first appearance in snooker’s biggest competition, knocked out the two-times world champion with a 10-6 win in the all Welsh encounter – undoubtedly White’s biggest win of his career.

As a youngster White would have watched Williams when he was at the top of his game in the late 1990s and early 2000s – so to beat him at the Crucible is truly a memorable moment for the gifted 21-year-old.

Leading 5-4 overnight, Williams won the opening frame of the deciding session with a break of 90.

But White responded in strong fashion winning the next three frames with a top break of 72 to go into the mid-session interval just two frames away from glory.

Williams closed the gap in the first frame after the restart after White missed a thin cut on a red into the centre pocket.

But the young professional managed not to let his miss get to him as he took the next frame with a break of 90.

And White sealed a memorable win with a stunning break of 96 in the sixteenth frame of the contest.

Meanwhile, four-times world champion John Higgins was involved in a real battle in his first round match against Mark Davis.

At time of publication, world number 16 Davis was 5-3 ahead after coming back from 2-0 down.

 

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