Mark Selby will take a 6-2 lead into the concluding session of the Betway UK Championship final against Ronnie O’Sullivan this evening.
Selby, who is appearing in his third UK Championship final, is looking to win his third ranking event of the season and extend his lead at the top of the official world ranking list. O’Sullivan is looking to maintain his 100% record in UK finals and lift the title for a record-equalling sixth time.
Selby defeated friend and rival Shaun Murphy 6-2 in yesterday’s first semi-final, while O’Sullivan came through a dramatic match with Marco Fu 6-5 to reach the final.
O’Sullivan completed his semi-final victory against Fu with a century break and picked up where he left off today against Selby, a break of 124 giving him the opening frame at the Barbican Centre. Back came Selby to take a close second frame, before O’Sullivan took the third with a break of 63.
From that point however it was world number one Selby who seized control of the match, breaks of 67 and 63 either side of the interval putting him into the lead for the first time.
Another close frame went Selby’s way on the colours as he moved two clear at 4-2, before he restricted the Rocket to just one point during the final two frames of the session, runs of 51, 58 and finally 87 completing a five-frame winning streak for the reigning World Champion.
The best of 19 frames final resumes at 7pm GMT.