Ding crashes out to Wasley
A review of Monday's action at the World Snooker Championship as Ding Junhui suffered a shock loss to Michael Wasley.
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Michael Wasley sprang one of the Crucible's great upsets as he beat world number two Ding Junhui in the first round of the Dafabet World Championship.
In a midnight finish, Wasley prevailed 10-9 against China's great title hope after a breathtaking and hastily arranged third session.
They had been forced to go off with Ding lead 9-8 as the afternoon session ran over its allocated time, and an inspired Wasley seized the moment at the climax to the match, levelling with an impeccable 103 break and holding his nerve in an ultra tense 19th frame.
Ding had been seeded to meet Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals, but now one of the defending champion's main obstacles has been removed.
Mark Selby secured his place in the second round in Sheffield with a nail-biting 10-9 win over Michael White.
Selby led his Welsh opponent 3-0, 5-1 and 8-4 but White proved a gutsy opponent and fought back to level 9-9 and take the match to a deciding frame.
It was Selby though who held his nerve at the death, making a break of 57 to take the decider and seal his place in the next round.
World number 15 Joe Perry overturned a 6-3 overnight deficit to beat Jamie Burnett 10-7 to set up a clash with Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round.
Burnett beat Cao Yupeng and Ben Woollaston to qualify for the Crucible and looked set to take a notable scalp after a superb first session book-ended by breaks of 84 and 94.
Perry needed a flying start on Monday and he got that, with breaks of 87 in the first frame and 55 and 70 in the second.
He took the two remaining frames before the interval to take the lead in the match and the first two after it to move within one frame of victory.
Burnett kept the match alive with a break of 111, but it was the only frame he won all day as Perry made 81 to take the next and clinch the match.
Perry said: "I'm pleased with myself today. I dug in and stuck with it. I don't think I played overly bad yesterday, it was just that Jamie punished me for my mistakes. I knew if I got chances I'd have to make more of them.
"It doesn't get any tougher than Ronnie O'Sullivan, but, saying that, I would have been absolutely gutted to be sat at home watching Jamie play him.
"We all have to believe that we can win. If we play our absolute best and cut out the errors, and he isn't at his best, then he's beatable."Four-time world champion John Higgins made a dismal start to his all-Scottish clash with Alan McManus.
The good friends had watched Thursday's first-round draw together during a practice session, and it was 43-year-old qualifier McManus who made the better start to their contest, building a 6-1 lead before Higgins won the last two frames of the afternoon to give himself hope in a match that concludes in Tuesday's morning session.
Higgins had a big chance to make a 147 break in the eighth frame but left himself a long pot on the 11th red and rattled it around the jaws, the break ending on 80. A maximum would have been worth £25,000 to the 38-year-old Wishaw man, unless anyone matched it later in the tournament.
He followed that by taking the next frame to stay just about in touch overnight.
Ricky Walden has an overnight lead against Kyren Wilson as the former came out on top in their first nine frames 6-3.