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Judd Trump and Mark Selby resume their battle to be world number one as the British Open continues on Thursday.

The second round draws to a conclusion at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, where just 32 players will remain by the close of play.

World number one since August 2019, Trump’s reign at the summit of the rankings is under serious threat.

With his £175,000 prize money from winning that year’s International Championship set to drop off – along with the addition of £500,000 to World champion Selby’s tally – the Ace must better the Jester’s performance this week to maintain his grip on top spot.

Although, both players face tricky second-round ties; Trump playing Stuart Bingham while Selby goes up against Ali Carter.

Elsewhere, maximum man John Higgins also faces tough opposition in Cao Yupeng, who marked his return to the tour by reaching the final stage of the Championship League last week.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of crowd favourites on display on day four.

Four-time champion Stephen Hendry locks horns with Gary Wilson, six-time World finalist Jimmy White faces Allan Taylor and 1997 Crucible winner Ken Doherty goes up against Joe O’Connor.

Championship League victor David Gilbert looks to continue his momentum against John Astley, while Martin Gould and Ricky Walden take on Lu Ning and Robbie Williams respectively.

Play commences at 9am BST on Thursday with all matches contested over the best of five frames at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

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British Open Snooker 2021 Schedule

Thursday August 19

Round Two

9am
66 Xu Si v Barry Pinches
69 Ian Burns v Duane Jones
71 Noppon Saengkham v Jimmy Robertson
90 Liang Wenbo v Hammad Miah

10am
65 Ricky Walden v Robbie Williams
77 Rory McLeod v Ross Muir
87 Mark Davis v Jak Jones
96 Luca Brecel v Zhao Jianbo

1pm
75 John Higgins v Cao Yupeng
81 David Gilbert v John Astley
85 Matthew Selt v Michael Georgiou
94 Elliot Slessor v Wu Yize

2pm
82 Gary Wilson v Stephen Hendry
83 Lee Walker v Mark King
84 Allan Taylor v Jimmy White
91 Oliver Lines v David Grace

7pm
72 Mark Selby v Ali Carter
74 Martin Gould v Lu Ning
76 Lukas Kleckers v Louis Heathcote
79 Li Hang v Zhang Jiankang

8pm
70 Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham
73 Pang Junxu v Bai Langning
88 Dylan Emery v Andrew Pagett

9.15pm
67 Joe O’Connor v Ken Doherty

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