Judd Trump secured a 14-10 advantage over Gary Wilson heading into the final session of their Betfred World Championship semi-final showdown.
The Ace in the Pack is aiming to reach his second world final. His only appearance in snooker’s biggest match to date came in 2011, when he lost a classic encounter with John Higgins 18-15. Trump claimed his second Triple Crown title by defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 in the Masters final earlier this year.
World number 32 Wilson has enjoyed a fairytale run this week. The former taxi driver from Wallsend came through qualifying to secure his place at the Crucible. He is the fifth lowest ranked player ever to reach the semi-final stage of the World Championship.
Trump came into the session with a slender 9-7 advantage. He extended that cushion further this morning by taking the opening two frames to make it 11-7.
Wilson then got off the mark for the morning, before Trump compiled a break of 114 to lead 12-8 at the mid-session interval. The century break had added significance, as it was the 87th of the tournament, breaking the all-time record. The previous best of 86 was set in 2015 and 2016.
When they returned Wilson stole the 21st frame on the final pink to close the gap to 12-9. Trump then restored his four-frame lead with a break of 67. However, Wilson refused to wilt in the Crucible cauldron and breaks of 40 and 52 saw him make it 13-10.
The pair then battled out a crucial final frame of the session, which lasted 45 minutes. Eventually Trump got past the snookers required stage and despite some strong safety play from Wilson he managed to seal the frame and emerge with his 14-10 lead.
They will return at 7:30pm to play the best of 33-frame match to its conclusion.