Selby earns lead over Carter

  • Last Updated: April 24 2014, 20:13 BST

Ali Carter rallied to give himself a fighting chance in his Dafabet World Championship second-round clash with Mark Selby.

Ali Carter: Showed plenty of grit against Mark Selby
Ali Carter: Showed plenty of grit against Mark Selby

The two-time losing finalist was in all sorts of trouble at 5-1 down against an opponent playing close to his best.

But a gritty 44 in the penultimate frame of the session was followed by a thrilling 110 in the last to put him back to 5-3 heading into Friday's play.

On the balance of things, Carter cannot complain at that. At one stage, so frustrated was he by his inability to stop Selby, he swiped his cue through the air in anger.

That seemed inconceivable after he took the opener with a clinical 102 break.

But Selby responded with a 38 and 84 in the second, and then took the third after emerging from a safety battle. He underlined his confidence with a lovely rolled red down the cushion.

Carter let Selby in with a missed brown in the next, and his cue swipe followed, but he took the frame to a respotted black with a tricky long red. Selby would undo him, though, tapping in after Carter left a double in the jaws.

Three became four and then runs of 25 and 58 put Selby at 5-1 with a guaranteed lead.

But Carter dug in with a 44 after Selby had spurned the first chance and then, after Selby failed to make the most of a fluke, he rattled in his second century of the afternoon.

As Selby and Carter battled it out, Dominic Dale secured a first win at the Crucible since 2000.

He had led Mark Davis 7-2 overnight and returned to top that up to a 10-5 victory.

World number one Neil Robertson wasted no time in booking his place in the second round as he swept aside Robbie Williams 10-2.

The Australian rattled in four more centuries to take his season's tally to a remarkable 97 and will face Mark Allen in the next round.

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