JAMES CAHILL’S snooker dreams have all come true in just two days.
The 23-year-old amateur from Blackpool only yesterday qualified as the first amateur to make history and appear at the Crucible for the first time after winning three best of 19 matches at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
But, today, he now knows who he’s going to be playing there – and that’s the 19-major winner and five-times World Champion and World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round at the iconic venue that has seen some epic dramas since 1977 – on Monday afternoon.
Cahill’s odds on odds checker of beating the Rocket and causing an upset in the first round are 22/1 with the Rocket odds on at 1/25.
Top boss Barry Hearn, who did the draw with Legend John Parrott, a winner in 1991 of the World Championship when he defeated Jimmy White, said that Cahill had everything to gain and nothing to lose.
The amateur is one of several debutants including a string of Chinese players including Tian Pengfei and 19-year-old Luo Honghao, making a debut at the Crucible in his first season as a professional.
Judd Trump, one of three top 16 players whose had a consistent season winning two ranking titles faces a tough first round against the Thai potter Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
SnookerZone can see a few upsets coming in this year’s first round as the field is top notch with some former World Champions making the cut for the Crucible.
2006 World Champion Graeme Dott will face the 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham as a qualifier, the second consecutive time Dott has qualified for the event.
Shot of the day contender from @JamesCahill147 👏
— World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) 17 April 2019
World Champion Mark Williams faces the Pinner Potter Martin Gould, who, on his day, can beat anyone. Gould is a former German Masters Champion.
— James Cahill (@JamesCahill147) 17 April 2019
Former World number one Mark Selby also is set for a tough draw against the improving Chinese player Zhao Xintong.
Watch the draw below if you missed it…