World Championship: Jack Lisowski qualifies for first time

Jack Lisowski

Emerging youngster Jack Lisowski will make his World Championship debut after victory in the final qualifying round.

The 21-year-old Englishman, who reached the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the first time at the China Open, beat Ireland's Fergal O'Brien 10-4.

World number 37 Lisowski scored three century breaks in Sheffield to help book his place at the Crucible event, which starts on 20 April.

Six-time runner-up Jimmy White is in final qualifying on Sunday.

Like Lisowski, Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng will make his first Crucible appearance in Sheffield.

The 34-year-old, ranked 70 in the world, stormed into an 8-1 lead over England's Jamie Cope in the first session of his final qualifier before wrapping up a comfortable 10-3 win.

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Lisowski turned professional as an 18-year-old in 2010, two years after undergoing a gruelling course of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer.

The last two months have started to see him realise some of his potential. He beat Mark Selby at the PTC Grand Finals in Galway, then former flat-mate Judd Trump and world number 16 Mark Davis en route to the last eight in China.

Welshman Ryan Day, who has reached the quarter-finals at the Crucible three times, was beaten 10-9 by world number 35 Ben Woollaston.

Michael Holt, a 10-7 winner against Mark Joyce; 2006 Crucible semi-finalist Marco Fu, who beat David Gilbert 10-6; and Michael White, a 10-7 victor over Andrew Higginson, also progressed to the televised stages.

The final qualifying round will be completed on Sunday and the draw for the first round of the World Championship made on Monday.

Ireland's Ken Doherty, the 1997 world champion, won the last two frames of his first session but trails Matthew Selt, the world number 45, 6-3 going into the final session on Sunday afternoon.

'The Whirlwind' White faces world number 19 Robert Milkins in the final qualifying round, while 2002 champion Peter Ebdon meets Lewisham-based Norwegian Kurt Maflin.

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