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Hawkins And Wilson On Brink Of Semis

Barry Hawkins surged into an 11-5 lead over Ding Junhui in the second session of their Betfred World Championship quarter-final clash.

Hawkins won six of the eight frames on Tuesday night and needs just two more when they resume at 10am on Wednesday to become the first man into the semi-finals.

World number six Hawkins has shown tremendous consistency at the Crucible in recent years, reaching the final in 2013 and three more semi-finals since. If he gets over the line tomorrow he will have won 18 matches in Sheffield in the past six years; more than any player including three-time champion Mark Selby.

Londoner Hawkins made a fast start tonight as breaks of 60, 73 and 76 gave him the first three frames and put him 8-3 up. China’s Ding briefly rallied as runs of 102 and 52 got him back to 8-5. Hawkins responded with a run of 63 to go 9-5 ahead.

In the crucial 15th frame, Ding trailed 46-47 when he attempted a difficult pot on the penultimate red to a baulk corner. He missed his target, allowing his opponent to make a calm clearance. And Hawkins finished the session in style with a 113, his fifth century of the tournament.

On the other table, Kyren Wilson closed in on his first Crucible semi-final as he went 11-5 ahead of Mark Allen.

World number nine Wilson is playing in the last eight for the third year in a row, and will go one step further if he can win two more frames when they return on Wednesday at 2.30pm. Victory would also give Wilson sweet revenge, having lost to Allen in the Masters final in January.

After sharing the first session 4-4, Wilson took control of the tie tonight by winning the first three frames with top breaks of 105 and 90. Allen pulled one back with a 78 and looked favourite in the next until he missed a tricky pot on the last red along a side cushion, leading 53-41. Wilson took advantage to go 8-5 ahead.

Frame 14 could have gone either way as Wilson missed a tough final brown with the rest leading by 21 points. After a safety exchange, Allen attempted the brown to a baulk corner but over-cut it, allowing Wilson to extend his lead.

Kettering’s Wilson dominated frame 15 then closed out the session with a break of 92.

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