In a gripping quarter-final match at the Duelbits Tour Championship in Hull, snooker player Mark Selby has taken a commanding lead over Ryan Day, building a 6-2 advantage. While Day managed to make a maximum break in the third frame, Selby has otherwise dominated the proceedings, putting himself in a prime position to face off against Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Selby, who was in exceptional form last week when he won the WST Classic, is looking to continue his winning streak by securing ten frames tonight. Notably, he has an added incentive to perform well this week, as a spot in the final would see him reclaim the world number one position from Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Meanwhile, a loss for Day tonight would mean that he is out of the Race to the Crucible and will have to participate in the Cazoo World Championship qualifiers. This would result in Ding Junhui and Gary Wilson filling the last two places as the top 16 seeds.
The match itself has been a tense affair, with Selby taking an early 2-0 lead thanks to two breaks of 77. Day responded with his superb 147, but was unable to level the score in a scrappy fourth frame. Selby eventually took that frame and went on to secure a 3-1 advantage.
Day managed to take the fifth frame with a run of 51, but Selby bounced back strongly, scoring 75 and 132 to surge ahead 5-2. The final frame of the session was a protracted 43-minute affair, with Selby ultimately prevailing by trapping his opponent in a difficult snooker and generating penalty points that put him 36 points ahead.
The match is set to resume at 7 pm, with Selby aiming to secure the four frames he needs to reach the semi-finals.