John Higgins kept Kyren Wilson at arm’s length to take a two-frame lead into the last session of their Betfred World Championship semi-final, with the score at 13-11.
Masters runner-up Wilson has been clinging to the coat-tails of the illustrious Scot, having trailed since the first frame. This is despite the 26-year-old coming within one frame of Higgins on seven occasions throughout the tie so far.
While Wilson hasn’t drawn level as of yet, four-time Crucible king Higgins has been unable to fend him off and build a substantial advantage.
They came into the third session of four with Higgins holding a 9-7 lead after sharing the frames earlier today.
Wilson immediately imposed himself on proceedings by hammering home a break of 124 in the opening frame. However, from there contributions of 56 and 75 from Higgins saw him move three clear at 11-8.
The Warrior would not go away and a break of 81 before the mid-session allowed him to head to the interval just two behind.
When they returned, Higgins took the next frame and edged further in front. The standard of play from both competitors then went into overdrive. Wilson made a break of 106 to keep in touch at 12-10 and then punished Higgins for missing a tricky blue in the 23rd frame. He composed a run of 93 to pile the pressure on and trail by just one at 12-11.
Higgins responded typically with a nerveless break of 91 to take his two-frame lead into tomorrow’s concluding session at 2:30pm.