Super Saturday is well underway at the Crucible of Dreams and despite the weather cooling in the Steel City, the action on the baize is certainly heating up. As the halfway mark of the snooker approaches, the 2019 Betfred World Snooker Championship is set to be another Crucible classic.

Defending champion Mark Williams finished 9-7 down this morning, and will conclude his match against the former farmer, Dave Gilbert, this evening. Whilst four-time Crucible champ, John Higgins, hopes to work his magic this afternoon as he gets underway against Stuart Bingham. Bingham makes his 13th appearance at the Crucible this year, will it be unlucky for him? These two seeds meet for the first time ever at this iconic arena, and it will be a battle with both hoping to grasp this prestigious title again.

This year’s second favourite, Judd Trump, will begin his second-round battle with Ding Junhui this evening in a repeat of the 2011 semi-final. Trump will hope for the same outcome, as he aims to be “The Ace of the Pack” at this year’s World Championship. However, I fancy the adopted Yorkshireman to come out on top as we move into the three session matches. As Mark Selby exits the tournament this morning, losing 13-10 to the qualifier Gary Wilson, Ding could be set to lift his first Crucible title. The impeccable break building and exquisite cue-ball control of Ding stands him in great stead to come out on top.

Century Update: The baize has been playing beautifully for the first week and 47 centuries have been scored so far. That leaves only 33 more until Fred donates £25,000 to this year’s chosen charity, Jessie May’s Children’s Hospice. GET POTTING!

Did you know:

Only two players entered the 1931 World Championship. Joe Davis beat Tom Dennis 25-21.

Cueball Question:

Ding Junhui is a patron of which football club?

Wednesday’s answer

Mark Allen’s best run in the World Championship was in 2009. How far did the ‘The Pistol’ get?