Mark Selby has emerged with a 5-3 advantage after the first session of his 19.com Scottish Open final with Jack Lisowski.
Selby is aiming to become the first player to win two Home Nations titles in a single season. The 16-time ranking event winner claimed the 19.com English Open title back in October, demolishing David Gilbert 9-1 to claim the Steve Davis Trophy.
Victory for Lisowski this evening would see him pick up a maiden ranking title. The Gloucester cueist is competing in his third ranking final, having lost to Neil Robertson at the 2018 Riga Masters and the 2019 China Open.
Whoever wins this evening will take home the Stephen Hendry Trophy and a top prize of £70,000. They will resume play in the best of 17 encounter at 7pm.
Lisowski started quickest this afternoon, breaks of 73 and 58 saw him take the opening frame, before adding the second to move 2-0 up.
However, three-time World Champion Selby quickly reasserted himself on proceedings by composing runs of 78 and 75 to head into the mid-session level at 2-2.
Lisowski took the first frame when they returned, but it was Selby who claimed three on the bounce, including a century break of 117, to secure his 5-3 cushion.