Jimmy White reaches final World Championship qualifier

2013 World Championship qualifiers

  • Venue: English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
  • Date: 4-14 April

Coverage: Scores on the BBC Sport website

Jimmy White - the six-time World Championship runner-up - reached the final round of qualifying for the Crucible with a 10-4 victory over China's Xiao Guodong.

White, 50, last played at the Sheffield venue in 2006 and needs to beat Robert Milkins on Sunday to advance.

Having gone 6-3 up after the first session, 'The Whirlwind' took the four frames he needed for victory.

White's Crucible pain

Jimmy White

Jimmy White has lost in the World Championship final on six occasions - in 1984, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994

Six-time champion Steve Davis is out after losing 10-7 against Kurt Maflin.

Davis went 5-4 down against the Norwegian and was unable to overturn the deficit, missing out on a clash against veteran Peter Ebdon in the last round of qualifying - Maflin finishing the match with a century break.

Young Englishman Jack Lisowski, who reached the quarter-final of the China Open in March, also advanced after a 10-4 win against two-time World semi-finalist James Wattana and will face Ireland's Fergal O'Brien for a place at the main event.

Ben Woollaston and Michael White both went through, beating Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Zhang Anda respectively.

The draw for the World Championship takes place on 15 April, with the event getting under way on 20 April.