Alan McManus won the last four frames of a fantastic session at the Betfred World Championship to trail Ding Junhui 9-7.
Ding has made five centuries in the semi-final clash while McManus has made three, with the combined total of eight already equalling the record for the most tons in a match at the Crucible, with a possible 17 frames still to be played.
China’s Ding is seeking to become the first Asian player to reach the world final, but looks to be in for a tough test against Scotland’s 45-year-old McManus, playing some of the best snooker of his career.
World number 17 Ding led 6-2 overnight and won the first frame today with a superb break of 138. McManus hit back with a 107 but Ding’s runs of 90 and 97 made it 9-3 at the interval.
World number 29 McManus led 31-0 in frame 13 when he missed a red to a centre pocket, but Ding made just 1 before over-cutting a tricky black with the rest. McManus added 39 to take the frame then made a superb 136 to close to 9-5.
In frame 15, McManus led 64-20 when he rattled a red in the jaws of a top corner, but Ding’s attempt to clear ended when he ran out of position on the green. McManus laid a snooker on the green and from the chance that followed he pulled another frame back. And the Glaswegian went on to take the last of the session with a brilliant 125 to reduce the gap to two.
They’re back on the baize at 7pm for eight more frames.