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World Snooker Championship 2019 Day Six preview and order of play: Second Round commences in Sheffield

Selby aims to continue his title charge (credit:Nigel French/PA Images)

The First Round of the 2019 World Championship draws to a close at The Crucible on Thursday, while three former World Champions begin their Last 16 matches.

The opening round has already three seeded victims, including tournament favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan, leaving just one former winner of this event left standing in the bottom half of the draw.

Reigning German Masters champion Kyren Wilson is one of a clutch of potential first-time winners this year and looks to kick-start his run to glory by closing out victory over Scottish newcomer Scott Donaldson.

Wilson, the number eight seed, enjoyed a superb run to the Semi-Finals 12 months ago and will be determined to go one better this time around.

Wilson is aiming to press home a commanding 6-2 lead following a hard-fought first session on Wednesday which was brought to an end a frame early.

Two-time world finalist Ali Carter is bidding to become the fourth unseeded player through to the Last 16 as he looks to clinch victory over eleventh seed Jack Lisowski.

Carter, who breezed through the qualifying rounds, stormed into a 5-2 lead in the first session before Lisowski took the last two frames to close the gap back to within one and set up a fascinating finish.

Two former World Champions collide in the opening tie of the Second Round as 2010 winner Neil Robertson faces 2005 champion Shaun Murphy.

Robertson was immediately installed as the joint tournament favourite alongside Judd Trump following the shock early exit of O'Sullivan and is undoubtedly the in-form player of the past few months.

The Australian has reached the last four consecutive ranking event finals, notably winning the Welsh Open and China Open and was emphatic in thrashing Cypriot debutant Michael Georgiou 10-1 in his opener.

Murphy, one of only two qualifiers ever to have lifted this famous trophy, created a fresh slice of history by inflicting only the second whitewash in Crucible history as he powered past 19-year-old debutant Luo Honghao 10-0.

Barring a run to the final of December's Scottish Open, Murphy has endured a torrid season, but a strong run here would go some way towards rectifying that as he looks to reach a fourth world final.

Mark Selby, who has claimed glory on three visits to Sheffield since 2014, steps up his latest title pursuit with a clash against dangerous outside Gary Wilson.

The world number two underlined his trademark tenacity by recovering from 5-1 down to avert an upset at the hands of debutant Zhao Xintong - a result which he hopes will prove the catalyst to going deep in this tournament once again.

His next test comes against an opponent he has beaten in all five of their previous meetings, including the 2015 China Open final - Wilson's sole run to a ranking event final to date.

Wilson, who lost to O'Sullivan in his Crucible debut in 2017, pulled off a stunning 10-9 scalp of Luca Brecel in Round One to claim a maiden Crucible win and set up his biggest match since that China Open final defeat four years ago.

The action gets underway from 1pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 19 frames and Second Round best of 25.
 

World Snooker Championship 2019 Schedule


*Indicates final session

Thursday April 25

Round One

1pm
Jack Lisowski [4-5] Ali Carter*
Shaun Murphy v Neil Robertson

7pm
Kyren Wilson [6-2] Scott Donaldson*
Mark Selby v Gary Wilson



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