Ding Junhui holds a 5-3 lead over Stephen Maguire within the final of the UK Championship in York as they head into the evening session.
The Chinese might be happy to be forward but it surely might have been even higher for him after he took a 4-0 lead together with breaks of 105 and 128.
The pre-match favorite was in full management however Maguire clearly gathered his ideas successfully on the interval as he returned in spectacular vogue, reeling off the subsequent three frames.
The Scot wasn’t on the free-flowing finest he demonstrated in his 6-Zero semi-final win over Mark Allen, however was getting over the road and made a powerful 67 within the sixth body after Ding had been in.
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It seemed like by some means Maguire was going to return away from the session degree, however missed a simple blue within the eighth body with Ding making 66 to regain a two-frame benefit.
Both males might be fairly happy as they head into the second session provided that issues might have been rather a lot worse for the Maverick.
‘It could easily have been 7-1, I don’t suppose Stephen’s performed effectively to get again to 5-3, I believe Stephen’s hung in there and pinched just a few frames,’ mentioned Ronnie O’Sullivan.
‘Ding’s gone a bit off the boil, hasn’t scored in addition to he did within the first 4.
‘It seemed prefer it was going to go 4-4, he under-hits the blue which is unforgivable at this degree of the sport and Ding nicks the final body to go 5-3.
‘On the balance of play you’ll must say that’s the fitting consequence being in Ding’s favour, however I believe Maguire’s had a miracle getting out of there 5-3, unbelievable.
‘Stephen’s at all times good when he’s obtained his again in opposition to the wall, he’s a tricky match participant, it’s by no means over with Maguire as a result of he’s that sort of participant.
‘I think Ding will be happy with 5-3, he knows his form’s good and has been all week, I believe Maguire might be pleased to only be in contact.’
The pair return at 7pm in a race to 10 frames.