Shock as amateur James Cahill dumps Ronnie O'Sullivan out of snooker World Championship
Amateur James Cahill has dumped Ronnie O'Sullivan out of the Snooker World Championships in arguably the biggest shock of the sport's history.
The 23-year-old, the first amateur to play at the Crucible, secured a stunning 10-8 first round victory with courageous snooker as he made the most of O'Sullivan's errors.
O'Sullivan is currently ranked number one in the world, while Cahill does not have a ranking and gained entry to the tournament by winning a qualifier.
Cahill led 5-4 overnight and even stretched his advantage to 8-5 with stunning early morning form.
When O'Sullivan drew level at 8-8 with the aids of 104 and 89 breaks, the world number one seemed to be mounting a perhaps expected comeback.
Arguably the pivotal frame arrived when Cahill, from Blackpool, eventually went 9-8 ahead after both players made big errors.
The amateur looked set to cruise to victory in the frame but, 62-7 ahead with 75 on the table, he missed a straight forward red.
Were the nerves starting to jangle?
O'Sullivan then appeared to have seized his chance to forge ahead, converting an impressive black as his all-out-attack style continued.
However, a miss on the pink just as he closed in on the frame and, once he also failed to convert a typically audacious double attempt on his next visit to the table, Cahill cleaned up to go within a frame of history.
O'Sullivan racked up a quick break of 42 in what would prove to be the final frame, taking on a series of long shots.
However, his all action approach proved his undoing when he attempted a vicious cannon into the pack while potting the blue. A red shot out and into the bottom pocket, allowing Cahill back to the table and from there, hel completed the most stunning of victories with a break of 53.
Cahill will now face Scotland's Stephen Maguire in the second round.
More to follow.
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