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  Tuesday, 23 April, 2002, 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK
White streaks into round two
Jimmy White in action in the first round of the Embassy World Championship
White eyes up his options at the Crucible
  Photo Gallery: First round in pictures

Jimmy White delighted the Crucible crowd with a 10-2 victory over Dominic Dale in the first round of the Embassy World Championship.

Holding an overnight 6-2 lead, the Whirlwind won the first four frames of Tuesday's evening session to book his place in the second round at the expense of the Welshman.

  The streaker timeline
Name: Andrew Slater
Age: 36
Occupation: Unemployed
Details of streak:
Runs down stairs in auditorium wearing Sven Goran-Eriksson mask and Sunday Sport paper.
Shakes hands with Paul Hunter.
Runs round partition to shake hands with Jimmy White who has played two frames of his evening session.
Poses for photographer.
Taken away by security guards.
The 39-year-old White began a little shakily but Dale was guilty of not taking his chances, allowing the six-time runner-up to find his rhythm.

The concentration of both players may have been disturbed by the appearance of a streaker in the first frame of the session.

But White soon knuckled back down to business and secured victory despite scoring just one break over 50 in the second session.


I"m not a cheat
Jimmy White
Afterwards a distraught Dale revealed how he reacted to his defeat.

"I threw my cue out of the window at The Crucible and I think it smashed to pieces," said the Welshman.

"I played absolutely pathetic. I had food poisoning last week so I haven't been able to practice much. You need to put Jimmy under pressure and he'll crack as much as anyone would."

"He played a blatant push shot in the second frame and I can't believe he doesn't know about it."

White replied, apparently oblivious to the notion that he may have committed an offence.

"I'm not a cheat. He should have told me when he thought he saw it happen."

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