Focused White earns big lead over Poomjaeng

Michael White leads Dechawat Poomjaeng 7-1 after their opening session.

Michael White leads Dechawat Poomjaeng 7-1 after their opening session.

MICHAEL White is on course to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship after gaining a huge 7-1 lead against Dechawat Poomjaeng.

The Welshman, who knocked out Mark Williams in the first round, took full control in a session full of incident which even saw the Thailland star forfeit a frame after falling victim to the three miss rule.

Poomjaeng, who has lit up the Crucible with his flamboyant and eccentric behaviour, was possibly guilty of getting caught in his own bubble as his antics with the crowd outweighed his potting. White however was undeterred by his opponent and was in determined mood throughout the session.

After winning a scrappy first frame, White demonstrated to the Crucible crowd why he is such a talent when a classy break of 101 doubled his lead to 2-0.

Poomjaeng,  who beat Stephen Maguire in the first round, responded winning the third frame but his comeback was to be a short-lived after a bizarre set of proceedings in the fourth frame.

With all 15 reds on the table and the score at 0-0, Poomjaeng missed all of them on three successive occasions when trying to play a safety shot with the spider. Because he was not snookered on all the reds he had to forfeit the frame. It meant White went into the mid-session 3-1 to the good.

After the restart it was all one way traffic as White took full advantage of Poomjaeng’s misfortune. A break of 65 put the Welshman 4-1 up.

And the events of the fourth frame seemed to be getting to the Thailand star as he began to miss pots on a regular basis. White impressed to take the next two to lead 6-1.

A difficult night for Poomjaeng was made even worse when he failed to take advantage of a winning position in the final frame. A brilliant long pot from White on the black saw him increase his lead to 7-1 at the close of the session.

The match resumes on Friday afternoon with Poomjaeng having it all to do if he is reach the last eight stage.

Meanwhile on table one, Stuart Bingham only needed less than an hour to book his place in the next round after he completed a crushing 10-2 win over Sam Baird. That mini session completed the first round stage of the competition.

World Championship 2013 – Round 2 Draw:

Ronnie O’SULLIVAN vs Ali CARTER

Stuart BINGHAM vs Mark DAVIS

Shaun MURPHY vs Graeme DOTT

Marco Fu vs Judd TRUMP

Robert MILKINS vs Ricky WALDEN

Michael WHITE vs Dechawat POOMJAENG

Mark KING vs Ding JUNHUI

Barry HAWKINS vs Mark SELBY

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