Snooker World Championships: Cool Clarke continues

All of the big names safely made it through to the second qualifying round during Saturday's action.

Snooker World Championships: Cool Clarke continues
Clarke has been tipped as a future star for a long time (photo: World Snooker)

There were no major casualties on the final day of the first qualifying round, though the headlines belonged to 21 year old amateur Jamie Rhys Clarke in Sheffield.

One for the future

Clarke held his nerve to defeat world number 50 Jamie Burnett in the solitary shock result of the day, as the World Under-21 runner-up completed a final frame deciding victory.

China's Cao Yupeng had the performance of the day as he produced just the second whitewash of the tournament, overcoming amateur Rodion Judin easily.

Ding safely through

Fellow Chinese players Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo were also in action, as they comfortably progressed with victories over amateurs Greg Casey and Joe O'Connor. Zhou Yuelong, Zhang Anda and Xiao Guodong completed an excellent day for the snooker power nation.

Top 30 players Matthew Selt and Mark Davis overcame Igor Figueiredo and Adam Duffy respectively, though the latter did push Davis close as he eventually bowed out to a 10-7 defeat.

Carter progresses as Davis departs 

Ali Carter, Dominic Dale, Dechawat Poomjaeng, Mike Dunn and Mark King will all be expecting to be close to a spot at the Crucible next weekend and all three easily progressed after healthy overnight leads.

Unfortunately it was the end of the road for snooker legend Steve Davis, who took part in the tournament in memory of his late father and coach Bill Davis. The multiple times champion lost 10-4 to Fergal O'Brien.

Snooker shootout champion Robin Hull is joined by colleagues Oliver Lines, Mitchell Mann, Alfie Burden, Jamie Cope and Martin O'Donnell in the second qualifying round which will begin on Sunday afternoon.

The pick of the next round's encounters include:

Noppon Saengkham v Graeme Dott

Robin Hull v Dechawat Poomjaeng 

Robbie Williams v Mark Joyce

Jack Lisowski v Rory McLeod

Alfie Burden v Ryan Day

Ding Junhui v Ross Muir