THAILAND’s Dechawat Poomjaeng held his nerve to claim a sensational win against Stephen Maguire in the first round of the World Championship
Poomjaeng, who had to win four qualifying matches to reach the Crucible for the first time, is through to the second round after knocking out the Scottish star after showing great composure in a thrilling 10-9 win.
A brilliant break of 63 in the deciding frame helped clinch a memorable win for the world number 70 who will face Michael White in a bid to reach the quarter finals.
It was a famous win for Poomjaeng who has captured the hearts of many fans with his striking and comical personality. His facial expressions and his display of emotions have been thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd and television audiences.
But the defeat for Maguire, who won this season’s Welsh Open, means his frustrating wait for his first World Championship crown goes on.
Trailing 9-8 when the players returned this evening after their afternoon was brought to a halt, Maguire forced the match into a thrilling deciding frame shootout – the first of the tournament – after Poomjaeng played a poor safety shot on the final brown.
Earlier in the day saw Maguire fight back from 5-3 down but Poomjaeng thwarted off the Glasgow star from taking control of the contest.
Meanwhile, Ali Carter set up a second round showdown with Ronnie O’Sullivan, the man who beat him in the final last year, after beating Crucible debutant Ben Woollaston 10-4.
Leading 5-4 overnight, Carter won all the session’s five frames to secure a widely anticipated clash against the comeback star who also beat him in the final back in 2008.
World number one Mark Selby is on course for a place in the second round after gaining a 6-3 overnight lead against debutant Matthew Selt despite not being at his fluent best.
China’s Ding Junhui was in impressive form as he claimed a huge 7-2 overnight lead in his first round tie against Alan McManus.
Judd Trump fired in the highest break of the tournament of 142 as he took control against Dominic Dale. The world number 3 leads 6-3 going into Wednesday morning’s final session.
And this season’s German Masters runner-up Marco Fu also enjoyed a good day’s work after earning a 6-3 lead over Welshman Matthew Stevens, who made the semi-finals of this event last year.