Perry begins world championship campaign

Joe Perry during his match against Jamie Burnett during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 21, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire EMN-140424-092333002
Joe Perry during his match against Jamie Burnett during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 21, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire EMN-140424-092333002
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Chatteris potter Joe Perry begins his snooker World Championship 2015 campaign at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield this morning.

His first round match (best of 19 frames) starts at 10am versus 23-year-old Zhang Anda (China).

The 40-year-old, who reached the semi-final in 2008 where he narrowly lost to Ali Carter, picked up his first ranking tournament win this season. The second round is from tomorrow to Monday, best of 25 frames. The final is on May 3-4, best of 35 frames.

Zhang Anda stands at 5 ft. 3 in. tall, and is nicknamed “Mighty Mouse”.

Zhang lives in Romford, England, during the snooker season and is managed by Grove Leisure, practising at their Academy facility which is also based in Romford.

* To check on Perry’s progress BBC Sport brings live coverage of the 2015 Snooker World Championship from Saturday, 18 April across BBC TV, ‘Red Button’, connected TVs, online, tablets and smartphones. Viewers can also watch live coverage of both tables at the Crucible via the BBC Sport website and connected TV.

Dedicated streams will be on hand until Thursday, April 30, when the tournament goes down to a single table.