Commentator Clive Everton once said on a Snooker Scene podcast: "Snooker, it gets in your blood. "

If it didn't get in your blood after Thursday, April 26th, then you don't appreciate the beauty of drama in sport.

Judd Trump and debutant Chris Wakelin were involved in an epic match that only snooker's holy grail venue can provide, as Trump, 28, was 8 - 4 in front only to see Chris Wakelin win five out of the six final frames to force a decider which Trump won 10 - 9. Trump looked in a daze, as Wakelin turned on the turbo.

Every match at The Crucible is like a final, and this Round One encounter was no exception.

With Trump looking comfortable at 6 - 3, and then 8 - 4, the potter from Warwickshire, Wakelin, who could now genuinely be nicknamed the Warwickshire Warrior, began to relax into his Crucible debut and ensure that he wasn't going to go out without a fight.

As Wakelin relaxed into it, Trump began to tense up, and began missing balls.

If you've ever experienced The Crucible live, and I have, then you will understand just how electric the atmosphere is inside the 1000 capacity arena, where you can hear a pin drop.

Trump, at the moment, seems to have a block when it comes to first rounds. Last season at The Crucible he was 4 - 0 up on Rory McLeod and ended up losing the match and being knocked out in dramatic fashion.

This time, he survived the scare as he managed to cling on in the last frame after Chris Wakelin's loose safety shot on the final brown meant Trump composed himself well to pot the final balls he needed to progress to Round Two.

However, Wakelin will forever be remembered in Crucible folklore now as the player who almost pulled off another shock victory in the first round in a Crucible match.

He had already given a great account of himself in the first session as he made an incredible 141 break under pressure (see video).

Crucible folklore

Thursday, April 26th in Crucible history was also memorable for another reason. Welshman Ryan Day, who, like Wakelin had played three gruelling best of 19 matches to get to the Crucible, was also 6 - 3 and 8 - 5 up on Scotland's Anthony McGill earlier on in the day, and, in true Crucible style, one man was on the up, while the other man was on the down.

Snooker at The Crucible is like an annual soap opera that fans can't wait to see the next instalment of each year.

Day saw McGill dig in and claw his way back into the match: In true dramatic fashion, the penultimate frame which saw it go right down to the black, sent nerves shivering down snooker fans' spines as Day played a loose safety on the final black and put it right over the hole.

McGill cooly potted it and landed himself in Round Two.

Watch and learn these lessons

Are you a budding snooker star? Then, watching Thursday, April 26th's two incredible matches will have taught you three key lessons about this great game.

They are:

1) Keep fighting and digging in like Anthony McGill and Chris Wakelin did - because, you never know!

2) Give the game the respect it deserves as the Snooker Gods are always watching, Trump, at 8 - 4, I believe had taken his foot off the pedal and was in a hurry to close the job out. That made him rush and miss some key balls.

3) As Chris Wakelin and Lyu Haotian did, enjoy the experience, learn from the match, and believe in yourself and your ability. Loosen the arm and play!

The first round saw 6/16 qualifiers reach the next stage of the Betfred World Snooker Championship as the best of 25 matches begin and fans will be in for yet more tense drama and twists and turns as players experience what is known in snooker folklore as the "marathon of the mind."

Qualifiers still in at the time of writing:

  • Jack Lisowski
  • Lyu Haotian
  • Joe Perry
  • Robert Milkins
  • Ricky Walden
  • Jamie Jones