Jones is the pride of Wales after magnificent win over former champion Murphy at Crucible
18:16 GMT, 23 April 2012
Shaun Murphy became the biggest casualty yet at the World Championship as qualifier Jamie Jones scored a big victory for Wales on his debut.
Jones, a 24-year-old from near Neath, raised eyebrows with a 10-2
victory over world number 15 Ricky Walden in the final qualifying round,
and he also beat reigning Crucible champion John Higgins at the PTC
Finals in Galway last month.
He said the wins would give him momentum for going to the Crucible and
that was clearly the case as he superbly knocked out 2005 champion Murphy,
Memorable win: Jamie Jones celebrates after beating Shaun Murphy in Sheffield
Murphy said: 'It's certainly not how I saw the tournament going. I thought the match was really high quality.
'I really enjoyed it, which sounds funny considering I got beaten. I
thought Jamie held himself together really well and he didn't play like a
debutant. I've certainly played a lot worse myself and won before.'
Jones said: 'I've never felt any pressure like it in my life. I've never known an occasion like it.
'For my Crucible debut I think I played pretty well. That's definitely not my best though. I can play better than that.
'Everyone in the village where I live has been watching on TV and my
phone hasn't stopped going since I left the table. It'll be like a
circus at home.'
Heading out: The 2005 champion Shaun Murphy
Elsewhere on Monday afternoon, Ronnie O'Sullivan surged into a 7-2 lead against Peter Ebdon.
Seven years ago, Ebdon came from 8-2 behind to defeat O'Sullivan 13-11 in the quarter-finals, staging his fightback on a famous night when his slow play drew criticism.
Neither man is likely to ever forget that match, but Ebdon might be eager to put their current battle behind him after being comprehensively outplayed.
Ebdon came to Sheffield as an in-form player, having won the China Open at the start of April and then qualified for the World Championship with a 10-0 win over Alfie Burden.
He has lost weight on a strict vegan diet, and is physically fit to last the distance in Sheffield, but his game was no match for a hungry O'Sullivan, who was watched by his friend, the artist Damien Hirst.
Looking good: Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed a commanding lead over Peter Ebdon
The drama in the session came in the opening frame. Ebdon took 40 seconds deliberating over his first shot, offering a reminder of how pedestrian his play was in their 2005 clash.
The frame could have gone either way, but O'Sullivan had a clear opening when he potted pink and could have added the black, although it was awkward. Playing it left-handed, O'Sullivan missed it, and Ebdon potted it to force a 64-64 tie, meaning it went down to a re-spotted black. Ebdon almost missed the ball entirely. O'Sullivan missed what was a gift of a chance.
Eventually O'Sullivan sank the black, but Ebdon soon levelled up at 1-1.
It was Ebdon's last success until the final frame of the session, with O'Sullivan at times ruthless, at other times doing just enough to surge comfortably clear of an opponent who was struggling to live up to his own pre-match expectations of himself.
There was a century from O'Sullivan in barely five minutes in frame three. In 2005 it took Ebdon as long to make a run of 12.
Ebdon gave himself a glimmer of hope with a break of 90, but will return on Tuesday needing a comeback on a familiar scale.