We’re halfway to knowing the line-up for this year’s quarter finals at the Betfred World Snooker Championship

Betfred TV’s Matt Hulmes, with the Inside Track

Matt Hulmes

Current holder Judd Trump and three-time former winner Mark Selby survive tough encounters in the last 16

The Crucible Curse is under threat a little as the Juddernaut (above) steams into the second week in Sheffield. He didn’t have it all his own way in overcoming Yao Bingtao 13-11, but get the job done he did, setting up a clash on Monday with either Martin Gould or Kyren Wilson.

Selby was taken even closer by another Asian youngster, as the Jester from Leicester took all twenty-five frames to overcome Noppon Saengkham. But a break of 124 in the deciding frame saw him through to his eighth Crucible quarter final appearance, where he will face the winner of Neil Robertson and Barry Hawkins.

The Robertson/Hawkins & Wilson/Gould matches were both 5-3 to the first-named after their opening session on Saturday morning, before they all clash again this evening.

This afternoon plays host to the second sessions between McGill and Clarke, while Ding and Ronnie resume their match-up all square at 4-4, and will conclude on Sunday night.

As we stand going into Saturday afternoon, the players have contributed to 54 century breaks, which already sees £10,800 heading off to Jessie May Children’s Hospice, and just 26 shy of hitting the magic 80 marker that will increase that donation to £25,000.

That might just be in the bag before the semi-finals.

It could be a Saturday scorcher this evening in Sheffield, Enjoy the boys on the baize!

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