Robertson handed Selby test

Jimmy Robertson has been drawn against Mark Selby
Jimmy Robertson has been drawn against Mark Selby

Jimmy Robertson was paired with Mark Selby in Monday morning’s draw for the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship.

The Bexhill cueman will be making his first ever appearance in the venue stage of a ranking tournament having won three matches in the qualifiers, the last of which was a 10-7 victory over 1997 champion Ken Doherty.

It will be a tough task for world no.61 Robertson because Selby has risen to number four in the rankings having reached the final of the recent German Masters and semi-finals of the Players Tour Championship at the weekend.

Selby, from Leicester, won the 2008 Welsh Open and was runner-up in the World Championship a year earlier. He was won the prestigious Masters on two occasions, as well as being a losing finalist.

The Betfred.com World Snooker Championship will take place at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, from April 16-May 2.

Full draw: Jamie Cope v Andrew Pagett; Ding Junhui v Jamie Burnett; John Higgins v Stephen Lee; Neil Robertson v Judd Trump; Mark Allen v Matthew Stevens; Ricky Walden v Rory McLeod; Mark Williams v Ryan Day; Stephen Maguire v Barry Hawkins; Ronnie O’Sullivan v Dominic Dale; Shaun Murphy v Marcus Campbell; Graeme Dott v Mark King; Stephen Hendry v Joe Perry; Ali Carter v Dave Harold; Peter Ebdon v Stuart Bingham; Mark Selby v Jimmy Robertson; Marco Fu v Martin Gould.