Stuart Bingham and Kyren Wilson are in the driving seats for their respective semi-final encounters as both men bid to book their spots in the Betfred World Championship final on Saturday.
Bingham currently leads Mark Selby 13-11 heading into the final session of their last-four clash after producing an excellent fightback on Friday evening (Bingham 4/6, Selby 6/5 – match result).
Trailing 9-7 after the morning session, ‘Ballrun’ was able to rattle off five successive frames to turn the match on its head in a marathon session which featured the longest frame of the tournament so far at 63 minutes.
Three-time champion Selby was eventually able to halt Bingham’s charge as he won two of the last three frames to keep himself in touch in the best-of-33 contest.
Bingham (13/5 Betfred World Championship outright) will hope to punch his ticket for his first Crucible final since is 2015 success on Saturday afternoon with play due to resume at 13:10, before Wilson and Shaun Murphy return to the baize in the evening to finish their semi-final.
Wilson’s lead could have been even bigger having moved six clear of 2005 champion Murphy at one point, last year’s runner-up quickly overcoming a bizarre frame in which he conceded 53 penalty points to go 10-4 up.
However, a couple of misses by the Kettering cueist allowed Murphy to win the final two frames to keep him in the contest.
Wilson is now the 13/8 favourite to win this year’s Betfred World Championship having finished runner-up to Ronnie O’Sullivan last year and after watching him in action on Friday, six-time Crucible finalist Jimmy White believes the 29-year-old can go one better in Sheffield this year.
“On form, of what I’ve seen in the semi-finals, Kyren Wilson is going to be the new champion of the world,” he told Eurosport.
“His cue ball control, he was just showing us what he really does have. We know he has great self-belief, great cue action, and he disregards bad shots and gets on with it.”