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Lilley Continues Dream Run

David Lilley’s magnificent run at the Indian Open in Hyderabad continued on the morning of day 4. The former English Amateur Champion, playing in the final stages of a ranking event for the first time, backed up yesterday’s win over Mark Williams with a 4-2 defeat of Robert Milkins. The 40-year-old compiled breaks of 56 and 49 to move into a 2-0 lead, it was an advantage he wouldn’t relinquish.

Anthony McGill also produced a fantastic performance, whitewashing 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham 4-0. The Scot McGillpinched the opening frame on the black with a counter-clearance of 64 and he didn’t look back, making three further breaks over 50 to secure passage to the quarter-finals.

He faces compatriot Stephen Maguire in the last eight. After a gruelling battle last night with home favourite Pankaj Advani, the world number 18 required another final frame decider against Barry Hawkins. Maguire made quicker work of it on this occasion, compiling a run of 68 to seal an impressive 4-3 victory.

Kyren Wilson is also through to the quarter finals. He made breaks of 60, 91, 83 and 73 as he defeated Martin Gould 4-2 in a high quality last 16 clash.

Shaun Murphy ended a fine run for Oliver Lines in India. The ‘Magician’ made two centuries on his way to a 4-2 victory.

In a battle between two seasoned campaigners, it was Peter Ebdon who clinched a 4-1 win over Dominic Dale.  The Welshman had looked set to continue his good form in Hyderabad after making 71 in the opening frame. However, Ebdon soon seized the upper hand and finished off a comprehensive victory with a run of 97 in the fifth frame.

Fellow veteran professional Nigel Bond defeated an in form John Astley 4-2 to secure a clash with Ebdon in the last eight. 1995Bond world finalist Bond held a 3-2 lead, before claiming a black ball frame in the sixth to reach his first ranking quarter-final in eight years.

Akani Songsermsawad has reached his first ever ranking quarter final. He made a 104 century break on his way to a 4-2 win over Gary Wilson.

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