A remarkable session of snooker saw John Higgins hold off Kyren Wilson to lead 13-11 in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.
Having shared the eight frames in the morning session, Wilson still trailed 9-7 upon tonight’s resumption.
However, following a re-rack, Wilson laid down his marker by producing a flawless total clearance of 124, a break made by a blue to middle which split the pack perfectly and left the reds scattered far and wide.
A magnificent long red from tight on the balk cushion laid the foundations for a Higgins reply in the next frame, 56 coming in quick time until he stuck on the reds when attempting to break the cluster.
Nevertheless, it proved to be enough after Wilson cruelly went in off having found a screamer of a red to the left-centre pocket.
In a far cry from the snooker produced in the morning session, the wonderfully high standard continued when Higgins won the next frame in one visit, a run of 75 leaving Wilson needing two snookers.
He managed one but Higgins kept him at arms length thereafter to go 11-8 in front.
Higgins finally missed from distance as he looked to extend his lead further and Wilson appeared to be finding his rhythm as he put together an untroubled frame-winning run of 81.
The Scot was quickest out of the blocks when the players returned from the mid-session interval and although he broke down approaching 50, he didn’t allow Wilson to land a blow in the subsequent safety change and was soon three frames clear again.
With the Crucible crowd wiling him on, Wilson responded with a red to the yellow pocket which opened up the frame and unlike in the morning session, he looked to have the ball on a string towards the end of his break of 106.
Higgins appeared in complete control in frame 23 until a missed blue to the middle pocket let Wilson back in and the latter countered with a run of 93 to get within one frame.
The Scot responded in typical fashion in the final act of the night, though, a break of 93 proving enough to re-establish his two-frame advantage ahead of the concluding session on Saturday afternoon.