World Championship 2012: Crucible Order Of Play Set

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Following the final mid-season seedings revision of 2011/12 which followed last week’s Welsh Open, World Snooker have now confirmed which sessions each seeded player at the Crucible will now play. Click below for all of the details…

The line up of the top 16 seeds for snooker’s greatest tournament, the World Championship, is now available.

The seeding-cut off point for the sport’s blue riband event fell after the Welsh Open, which was won on Sunday by Ding Junhui.

The top 16 players now qualify automatically for the £1.1million event at the famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The full line up in draw order is:

Saturday 21st April


John Higgins v Liang Wenbo

Martin Gould v David Gilbert


Stuart Bingham v Stephen Hendry

Neil Robertson v Ken Doherty


John Higgins v Liang Wenbo*

Mark Allen v Cao Yupeng

Sunday 22nd April


Stephen Maguire v Luca Brecel

Martin Gould v David Gilbert*


Shaun Murphy v Jamie Jones

Mark Allen v Cao Yupeng*


Stuart Bingham v Stephen Hendry*

Neil Robertson v Ken Doherty*

Monday 23rd April


Stephen Maguire v Luca Brecel*

Matthew Stevens v Marco Fu


Shaun Murphy v Jamie Jones*

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Peter Ebdon


Stephen Lee v Andrew Higginson

Matthew Stevens v Marco Fu*

Tuesday 24th April


Judd Trump v Dominic Dale

Ding Junhui v Ryan Day


Graeme Dott v Joe Perry

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Peter Ebdon*


Stephen Lee v Andrew Higginson*

Mark Selby v Barry Hawkins

Wednesday 25th April


Graeme Dott v Joe Perry*

Ding Junhui v Ryan Day*


Judd Trump v Dominic Dale*

Mark Williams v Liu Chuang


Ali Carter v Mark Davis

Mark Selby v Barry Hawkins*

Thursday 26th April


Ali Carter v Mark Davis*

David Gilbert v Neil Robertson


Winner of Match 3 v Winner of Match 4

Mark Williams v Liu Chuang*

Friday 27th April


John Higgins v Winner of Match 2

Winner of Match 11 v Winner of Match 12


Winner of Match 3 v Winner of Match 4

Winner of Match 13 v Winner of Match 14


John Higgins v Winner of Match 2

Winner of Match 11 v Winner of Match 12*

*denotes final session

The event runs from April 21 to May 7. The top 16 will be joined by the 16 players who come through the qualifying rounds, which run from April 5-15 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The World Championship is the absolute pinnacle of our sport. It’s 17 days of blood, sweat and tears, and the man who lifts that trophy at the end of it will cherish the memory forever.

“The line up of 16 seeds is unbelievably strong. John Higgins won his fourth World title last year and he’s aiming to become the first player to win back-to-back at the Crucible since Stephen Hendry in 1996. There are so many great players now that he faces a massive test.

“The Championship will put Sheffield in the spotlight on a global scale, watched by hundreds of millions of fans around the world. We’ve already had the biggest demand for tickets in the history of the tournament, they are selling at an amazing rate. I’m confident that every seat for every session on every day will be taken. Those lucky enough to be in the arena will be watching the greatest snooker show on Earth.”

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The qualifying rounds also promise some top draw action, with legends like Jimmy White, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty battling for a place at the Crucible. Tickets are on sale – to book call 0114 256 5567 or visit

The World Snooker Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council and Welcome To Yorkshire.

David Fletcher of Creative Sheffield said: “April really is snooker month this year in Sheffield with both the qualifiers and final stages of the World Championship being hosted here – we’re as proud as ever to be the City of World Snooker and wish the players all the best for the tournament.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “Once again the eyes of the world are on Yorkshire and we are delighted to support the World Snooker Championship in the magnificent city of Sheffield.”