World Championship: Selby faces Perry in opening Crucible match

Mark Selby will launch the defence of his Betfred World Championship title on Saturday morning against Joe Perry.
Mark SelbyMark Selby
Mark Selby

Thursday's draw at Sheffield's Crucible theatre paired the Leicester potter against fellow Englishman Perry, 43.

The eye-catching draw sees Ronnie O'Sullivan face Stephen Maguire in the first round, while Judd Trump takes on former supermarket delivery driver Chris Wakelin.

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Thursday's draw was initially delayed due to technical difficulties.

World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association chairman Jason Ferguson and 1986 world champion Joe Johnson were due to conduct the draw at 10am, but a problem with internet access at the Crucible meant it was put back to midday.

First round draw:

Mark Selby v Joe Perry

Mark Allen v Liam Highfield

Kyren Wilson v Matthew Stevens

Shaun Murphy v Jamie Jones

John Higgins v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Stuart Bingham v Jack Lisowski

Luca Brecel v Ricky Walden

Judd Trump v Chris Wakelin

Ding Junhui v Xiao Guodong

Anthony McGill v Ryan Day

Marco Fu v Lyu Haotian

Barry Hawkins v Stuart Carrington

Mark Williams v Jimmy Robertson

Neil Robertson v Robert Milkins

Ali Carter v Graeme Dott

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stephen Maguire