IRELAND'S Ken Doherty will face Alan McManus in a second round encounter at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield on Friday.
McManus knocked four-time champion John Higgins out of the tournament yesterday, on a 10-7 score line at the Crucible.
The Scot said that “after a bit of a tense finish he just fell over the line"; this victory takes the 1994 Masters champion into the second round for the first time since 2005.
"Now I play my fellow old-stager, Ken, and I really look forward to it. I'm sure Ken will be looking forward to it as much as I am," he said.
Doherty, the oldest player in the tournament at the age of 44, booked his place in the second round for the first time in eight years with a 10-5 victory over world number six Bingham on Sunday.
“There’s still plenty of room for guys over 40 to compete at the higher level of the game,” McManus added, ahead of his impending match against the veteran snooker player.
“I also think the older players have stolen a bit of a march on the younger players.”