Mark Selby produced a sublime session of snooker to establish a 6-2 advantage against Neil Robertson at the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno.
World number one Selby is battling to keep his place at the top of the rankings with Ronnie O’Sullivan hot on his heels. Selby has topped the world rankings since February 2015, however if O’Sullivan were to win the title this week he would overtake the Leicester potter.
Robertson celebrated the birth of his second child with fiancee Mille, a girl called Penelope, on Saturday. It has been an eventful few weeks for the Australian who also won his 15th ranking title at last month’s Welsh Open.
Both players looked to be in red hot form this afternoon as the match got underway. Robertson fired in breaks of 88 and 110 to take a 2-0 advantage. Selby responded immediately with back-to-back century runs of 103 and 117 to make it 2-2 at the mid-session.
When they returned it was three-time Crucible king Selby who took a stranglehold on proceedings. Further breaks of 58, 93, 65 and 123 saw him end the session 6-2 in front. The remainder of the best of 17 clash will be played out this evening at 7pm.
Judd Trump and Mark Williams couldn’t be separated sharing the frames to end this afternoon’s session all-square at 4-4.
The clash between Masters champion Trump and Crucible king Williams lived up to its mouth watering pre-match billing, with a break over fifty in six out of the eight frames. There was never more than a frame between the pair, as they jostled for pole position heading into tomorrow afternoon’s final session. With Williams leading 4-3, Trump fired in an important break of 79 to emerge from the session with parity.