Selby through to round two, but Robertson in trouble at the Crucible

Mark Selby made hard work of a 7-2 advantage against Robert Milkins but eventually progressed, whilst Neil Robertson has it all to do against outsider Michael Holt.

Selby through to round two, but Robertson in trouble at the Crucible
The world number one had to dig deep to see off Robert Milkins 10-6 (photo: Sporting Life)

Day four of the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield saw an entertaining morning session, where one former champion qualified for the second round, whilst another faces a tough task of following him through. 

Selby milks match against Milkins before progressing

Entering the second session of the match with a five frame advantage, many people assumed it would just be a matter of time before world number one Mark Selby saw off his opponent Robert Milkins, but that did not prove to be the case. 

World number 21 Milkins proved he was not prepared to throw in the towel as he responded with the opening four frames of the session, including breaks of 50, 61 and 62 in the first three.

Yet Selby is at the top of the snooker rankings for a reason and he showed his class when times were becoming difficult at 7-6. After taking the fourteenth frame, the Jester produced breaks of 67 and 70, as he eventually saw off Milkins to earn a second round tie against surprise package Sam Baird on Friday.

Michael Holts Robertson to grab 6-3 lead

Whilst one of the favourites in Selby progressed during the session, another found life extremely difficult as Neil Robertson fell 6-3 behind to Michael Holt. Robertson has produced an inconsistent season and that form was evident in the early stages against a man ranked 24 places below him.

Michael Holt has taken a 6-3 lead over Neil Robertson following the opening session (image via: WorldSnooker)

A tight opening frame was won by Holt, before the world number 28 produced breaks of 75 and 140, the latter the highest of the tournament thus far. Yet Robertson struck back with three frames of his own as he produced some high quality snooker with breaks of 62, 101 and 107. 

The world number four would have hoped to have kicked on from his recovery, but Holt was in no mood to let his advantage slip, as a 115 and 50 put him 5-3 up before the final frame of the session. That frame was clearly important for both players, and Holt eventually edged a nervy frame by a mere five points. The pair will complete their match during Tuesday's evening session.