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Higgins To Face Maguire in Bangkok Final

John Higgins will take on Stephen Maguire in an all-Scottish final at the SangSom Six Red World Championship on Saturday.

Higgins beat Mark Williams 7-5 in the semi-finals in Bangkok on Friday, then Maguire saw off Gary Wilson by the same scoreline.

Higgins and Maguire, close friends and practice partners, joined forces in June to win the World Cup for Scotland in China, but this time they will go head to head for the top prize of four million Baht (over £100,000)  at the invitation event in the Thai capital. Higgins is aiming to win the title for the first time, while Maguire lifted the trophy in 2014.

The battle between Williams and Higgins was a repeat of the 2018 World Championship final. Welshman Williams came out on top that time, and he won the opening frame today, but Higgins then took control as he surged 5-2 ahead with top breaks of 61 and 65.

The next two frames were shared to leave the score at 6-3. Williams threatened a fight back as he took the next two, closing to 6-5, but 44-year-old Higgins dominated frame 12 to seal victory.

Maguire trailed Wilson 3-2 then took four of the next five to lead 6-4. Crucible semi-finalist Wilson pulled one back before 38-year-old Maguire clinched the result in frame 12.

The final starts at 2.30pm local time (8.30am UK time) with first to eight frames to take the trophy.

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