Snooker: Debutant targets quarter-final berth

Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng while at the table in the first round against Scotland's Stephen Maquire during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng while at the table in the first round against Scotland's Stephen Maquire during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
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The nearest they now have to a local home favourite is the

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui.

The nearest they now have to a local home favourite is the

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui.

But there’s now a ‘new kid on the block’ in Dechawat Poomjaeng. Well, he’s 34 actually, but the Thailand player lives and practices at the Star Snooker Academy.

Poomjaeng dumped out former world semi-finalist Stephen Maguire with a dramatic 10-9 first round win and, if he can beat fellow Crucible debutant Michael White – over three sessions spread over the next three days - he will find himself in the quarter-finals at the first attempt.

Maguire, although gracious in defeat, went a step too far in describing Poomjaeng as not being a “full shilling”.

But the Asian ace’s arrival at the green baize game’s is surely for the better.

“When I was young I used to get angry, be too serious and hit the table and bang my cue too hard. I did everything, I even used to bang the table with my hand really hard,” said Poomjaeng.

*Results: Mark Selby beat Matthew Selt 10-4, Ding Junhui beat Alan McManus 10-5, Judd Trump beat Dominic Dale 10-5, Marco Fu beat Matthew Stevens 10-7.

*Today’s matches: 1pm – Shaun Murphy v Graeme Dott – max of 8 frames, Robertson v Milkins – plays to a finish; 7pm – Stuart Bingham v Sam Baird – plays to a finish, Michael White v Dechawat Poomjaeng – max of 9 frames.