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WHIRLWIND AND CAPTAIN SET UP SHOWDOWN

Jimmy White and Ali Carter will clash in the second round of Betfred World Championship qualifying after they secured wins on day four in Sheffield.

White came through with a 10-5 victory against European Under-21 finalist Ross Bulman to continue his quest for a return to the Crucible. Today’s match was a landmark 102nd for the Whirlwind in the World Championship. He has now surpassed Steve Davis’ record for most games played in the event.

White hasn’t reached the Crucible since 2006 and he will have to negotiate a tough test against four-time ranking event winner Carter on Monday if he intends to end that run this week. However, White will head into that match with the knowledge that he came out on top 6-2 in the pair’s most recent meeting at the 2017 UK Championship.

“There is a lot of pressure out there, I sort of won the match in the first session when I went 6-3 up,” said ten-time ranking event winner White. “As soon as the draw came out I fancied that I would be playing against Ali in the second round. I know what I’ve got to do.

“Ali is a top player, but if I play my game then I know I can beat anybody. So that is all I am focusing on.”

Source-World Snooker