Judd Trump needs just two more frames for a maiden Crucible title, leading John Higgins 16-9 heading into the final session of the 2019 Betfred World Championship.
An extraordinary afternoon of play saw a break of over 50 in every frame and four centuries. That takes the total for the tie to 11 century breaks, which is the most ever made in a professional match. The previous best was ten in Ding Junhui’s 2016 Crucible semi-final win over Alan McManus.
World number seven Trump came into this afternoon already holding a commanding 12-5 advantage, following a dominant display yesterday evening.
Four-time World Champion Higgins came flying out of the blocks this afternoon. He strung together 14 reds with blacks, before being left with a long range double to the top corner to keep the break going. He deposited it and looked to be in position for the maximum break, but missed the 15th black to end his run on 113.
The Wizard of Wishaw then made it 12-7 thanks to a contribution of 59. Masters champion Trump opened his opened his account for the afternoon with a century run of 101. Further contributions of 71 and 126 then saw him open up an eight frame gap at 15-7.
Higgins took two frames on the bounce with breaks of 67 and 70 to make it 15-9 and avoid defeat with a session to spare.
However, Trump ended the session in spectacular fashion. The Ace in the Pack embarked on a 147 attempt of his own, making 13 reds with blacks. He missed the second last red to break down on 104, but now leads 16-9.
They will return for the concluding session at 7pm.