Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump couldn’t be split after the first session of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open final in Belfast, sharing the first eight frames to leave things finely poised at 4-4.
The Rocket and the Ace in the Pack have met in six finals on the World Snooker Tour, both having won three each. O’Sullivan is looking to secure back-to-back wins after claiming the Champion of Champions title last week. While Trump is aiming to end a year-long silverware drought.
There was never more than a solitary frame between the pair in an engrossing afternoon session. With O’Sullivan 2-1 up, Trump fired in back-to-back centuries of 105 and 117 to lead 3-2.
The Rocket levelled in the following frame, before another century run of 108 helped Trump to reclaim the lead. However, it was O’Sullivan who took the final frame with a break of 58 to go into this evening all-square.
They will play to a conclusion at 7pm, with the first to nine frames taking home the £70,000 top prize.