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Michael White in charge of second round match

Michael White (r) had the upper hand against Dechawat Poomjaeng last night. Credit: PA

Neath snooker player Michael White resumes his second round match at the world championship later, leading his Thai opponent Dechawat Poomjaeng 7-1 after a dominant first session.

The 21-year-old, making his debut at the Crucible this year, knocked out fellow Welshman Mark Williams in the first round.


Michael White: a rising star at the age of nine

21-year-old Michael White may have shot onto the radar of many in the sporting world over the last 24 hours after winning on his debut at snooker's World Championship, but we knew he had star potential as long as 12 years ago, when he was just nine!

He won a place in the world record books, becoming the youngest player ever to make a century break.

Here's our piece from back in 2001, when a young Michael told our reporter Giles Smith "I'd like to be a world champion."

Michael White 'over the moon' at beating Mark Williams

Mark Williams (l) could only congratulate Michael White (r) on his performance. Credit: PA

Neath snooker player Michael White described himself as "over the moon" after beating fellow Welshman, and two-time world champion, Mark Williams on his debut at the Crucible.

The 21-year-old won 10-6 in the first round of this year's World Championship.

He said: "It means everything to me. I always looked up to Mark as a youngster growing up and it was a privilege to play him. It's hard to take it in at the moment, but I'm over the moon, delighted."

Neath snooker player beats former World Champion

Neath snooker player Michael White has beaten former World Champion Mark Williams 10 frames to 6 to reach the next round of the World Championship.

Prior to his Crucible debut, the 21-year-old - dubbed 'White Lightening' - admitted snooker legend Williams was his boyhood idol and said it was 'almost unreal' to be playing against him.