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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 April, 2003, 21:17 GMT 22:17 UK
Lee ends White challenge
By Clive Jones
BBC Sport at the Crucible

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee won six of the last seven frames

Stephen Lee dashed Jimmy White's fading dreams of that elusive Crucible title with a 13-11 second-round victory.

White won the first frame of the night to move into a 10-7 lead before Lee replied with breaks of 54, 61 and 63 to move into an 11-10 advantage.

The 10th seed dug deep in the 22nd to snatch it on the black with a superb cut into the bottom-left pocket.

But White's hopes did not last much longer as Lee took the final two frames to deny the six-times beaten finalist.

"I'm not very happy because I didn't play well," said 10th seed White.

"I just didn't score at all - if I got to 40 it was a result. I've been practising, but only on my own, and I'm going to have to get down a club and play some matches.

"I'm pleased to be staying in the top 16 and I'll definitely be back for another go next year."

Lee said: "Jimmy hasn't had the best of seasons and neither have I and that's why we both wanted to win so much.

"I wasn't in the game until it got to 10-10 but I felt comfortable in the last frame with the reds open.

"Obviously the crowd are behind Jimmy like they were when I beat Steve Davis. They are always behind them because they are legends in the game."

Second-round result: S Lee (Eng) 13-11 J White (Eng)
14-104 (63), 102-16 (102), 65-24, 40-73 (69), 11-71, 1-69, 29-69, 130-0 (125), 49-60, 57-36, 74-40, 59-55 (Lee conceded frame on black), 15-69 (62), 66-61 (White 53), 16-79, 81-0 (81), 28-78, 67-0 (54), 78-5 (61), 68-15 (63), 70-52 (White 52), 42-48, 70-15, 81-1 (72).




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