Ready to Get Pumped? Let’s Get That Boy on the Baize!
JAMES CAHILL has made history as the first ever amateur who will appear at the Crucible.
The 23-year-old, though an amateur in name, has already knocked some big guns out of professional tournaments this season, such as Mark Selby in York at the UK Championship but will make his debut at the Crucible in Sheffield sometime next week, and it could even be as early as Saturday!
He defeated the other amateur in the final qualifying round Irishman Michael Judge, but Cahill, who is Stephen Hendry’s nephew (not blood-related) will be pumped up for the up to 1000 capacity venue in Sheffield in the next few days.
Rob Walker, the MC who appears on Judgement Day for the Qualifiers, said on Cahill’s historic win at the English Institute of Sport about his debut: “I’m going to get that crowd absolutely pumped up for you….”
Cahill, ironically nicknamed the King’s Nephew, added and joked he was going to go home now and get a haircut ready to look good for the cameras, but said seriously that he would love to play Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Theatre of Dreams, and that may well come true if the draw goes for him tomorrow at 11 AM.
The Blackpool born potter joins 15 others who will have come over a marathon seven days at the English Institute a few miles down the road from the Town Centre where the Crucible is based, having to win three gruelling best of 19s to qualify for the iconic venue which has hosted top snooker players since 1977.
On the other qualifiers who have qualified so far, the likes of Gary Wilson, Zhou Yuelong will be making their second appearances at the venue, within the last three years.
2018 Shootout Champion Michael Georgiou and the 2019 Shootout Champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh have also qualified for the Crucible.
SnookerZone will list the FULL 16 in due course and update it RIGHT HERE below…STAY TUNED…
- James Cahill (amateur)
- Zhou Yuelong
- Martin Gould
- Mark Davis
- Gary Wilson
- Anthony McGill (was 7 – 2 down to Robert Milkins!)
- Michael Georgiou
- Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (defeated 2018 English Amateur Champion Joe O’Connor)
- Aii Carter
- Zhao Xintong
- Joe Perry
- Graeme Dott
- Luo Honghao is 19 and will be making his first debut at the Crucible in his first season as a pro
- Tian Pengfei is another Chinese debutant who saw off a valiant comeback from 2005 World Championship runner-up Matthew Stevens…
- Li Hang ( He came through a marathon match with Leicester’s flame-haired assassin Ben Woollaston!)
- Scotland’s Scott Donaldson came through a marathon of a match against Lu Ning in the final match played at the EIS and it was a decider which Donaldson came through to be the 16th qualifier to book a place as a debutant at the Crucible for the 25-year-old Perth player.