Gary Wilson will make his Crucible debut against five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the last 32 of the World Snooker Championship.
Wilson, from Wallsend, qualified for the prestigious event after winning three gruelling matches, including his second career maximum 147 break in his opening qualifying match.
He continued his dream run at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge with an impressive 10-3 victory over former Indian Open champion Michael White in the final round of qualification.
The North East player saw off a strong challenge against Josh Boileau, defeating the Irishman in a deciding frame after leading 7-2.
Wilson reached the final round of qualifying after claiming a 10-7 over Peter Lines before thrashing White, a former World quarter-finalist, to book his place in the first round draw.
After seven attempts to succeed in qualifying, Wilson was drawn against snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Wilson will be raring to begin his campaign against “The Rocket” as the 17-day tournament gets underway with defending champion Mark Selby beginning procedures on Saturday morning.