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Walden makes it through

Ricky Walden held off Crucible debutant Kyren Wilson's fightback to avoid joining the high-profile exits in the first round.

Walden began with a 6-3 lead and the first four frames were shared, Walden's 63 in frame 12 sandwiched by breaks of 61 and 59 from his opponent.

Wilson took a scrappy first frame back and added the next with a 62 before Walden dug in to make it 9-7, and a tortuous next frame lasted more than an hour before Walden finally took it on the yellow.

Mark Allen managed six half-century breaks but only a 5-4 lead against Michael Holt.

The Northern Irishman led 3-2 with breaks of 72, 70 and 61 against a 98 from Holt in frame two.

Breaks of 54 and 61 could not prevent Allen from falling 4-3 behind, but 42 was enough in the next and he finished with a 65.