Two-time Crucible king Mark Williams stormed into a 7-2 lead over Graeme Dott as their Betfred World Championship first round meeting got underway.
Welshman Williams has struggled for form in recent weeks, losing in the first round of the last three ranking events, but he now looks well placed to reach the last 16 at the Crucible for the first time since 2012. He needs three more frames when they resume on Monday afternoon.
Dott, the 2006 champion, won the opening frame with a break of 58 but then lost five in a row as 41-year-old Williams took control. Breaks of 54, 57, 66 and 76 helped give the left-hander daylight. Dott made a 57 in pulling one back but Williams won the last two of the evening with 70 and 59.
On the other table, qualifier Sam Baird edged into a 5-4 lead over 15th seed Michael White.
Welshman White led 3-2 with a top break of 86 before Devon’s Baird levelled with a run of 78, then went 4-3 up with a 34 clearance. White took frame eight with a 60 but Baird finished the session in style with a run of 108 to take a slender overnight lead, with the match to finish on Monday evening.