A review of the action on day seven of the Betfred World Championship as Neil Robertson advanced after victory over Shaun Murphy.
Robertson through with frames to spare
Neil Robertson has secured a quarter-finals place at the World Snooker Championship after a 13-6 win over Shaun Murphy.
The pair made four centuries between them in a high-class opening session on Thursday but the second act didn't reach those heights with both players guilty of making a host of unforced errors, though Murphy will feel most aggrieved having allowed Robertson to steal a number of frames from a long way behind.
The opening frame of the morning would, in fact, prove indicative of what was to come, Murphy building a solid lead before Robertson stepped with a break of 67 to take the spoils on the black.
Murphy hit straight back before the next two frames were shared to ensure Robertson went to the mid-session interval with his two-frame advantage intact.
Murphy's hopes of a comeback upon the resumption were dealt a hammer blow when Robertson again got the better of a closely-contested frame 13 before the former finally found his groove to respond with a break of 59 in the following frame to reduce his arrears to 8-6.
However, the 2005 world champion was left to rue another missed opportunity in the very next frame, one he had controlled of until Robertson cleared the final three colours having potted a wonderful blue from distance with the white ball anchored to the bottom cushion.
Both players had their chances in frame 16, the last of the session, but once again it was Robertson who proved strongest in the key moments and as he left the Crucible Theatre knowing he was only three frames away from the win, Murphy was left to wonder what might have been.
Robertson would then win the opening three frames of the evening session to advance to the last-eight.
Wilson comes back to lead Selby
Three-time champion Mark Selby compiled breaks of 64, 84 and 120 to draw level at 6-6 against qualifier Gary Wilson, who had led 5-3 overnight, but it was the underdog who ended the session on the front foot.
Selby in fact edged in front for the first time with a break of 72 in the 13th frame, but Wilson responded superbly with scores of 97, 115 and 78 to take a 9-7 lead into the final session on Saturday morning.
Maguire lands early blows in Cahill clash
Amateur James Cahill fought back from an early deficit in his second-round clash with Stephen Maguire on day seven of the World Championship in Sheffield.
Cahill, who created the biggest shock in Crucible history by beating five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in round one, fell 2-0 down to Maguire after the 15th seed made breaks of 67 and 103.
However, Cahill hit back with contributions of 57 and 101 to level the scores at 2-2 at the first mid-session interval of the best-of-25 contest.
That would set the tone for the remainder of Friday's play, Maguire going off into the lead before Cahill kept in touch.
A break of 125 in frame seven in fact saw the Scot move 5-2 in front, but Cahill doggedly levelled with back-to-back half-centuries for 7-7.
Maguire though remains in control thanks to breaks of 83 and 121 to end the session with a two-frame lead at 9-7.
Williams behind against Gilbert
Reigning world champion Mark Williams trails 5-3 heading into the second session of his clash with David Gilbert.
There was little between seeds one and 16, Williams' 105 break in the third frame the highlight, but Gilbert earned a lead by taking the final two frames of the session.
Friday's World Championship scores
- Mark Selby 7-9 Gary Wilson
- Mark Williams 3-5 David Gilbert
- Shaun Murphy 6-13 Neil Robertson
- Stephen Maguire 9-7 James Cahill