Selby and Hawkins close in on semi-final spots

LAST year’s Crucible finalist Barry Hawkins and Mark Selby look set to reach the semi-finals of this year’s World Championship. Hawkins, who lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan in last year’s final, and Selby, a finalist six years ago to John Higgins, left themselves in pole position in their quarter-finals ties gaining commanding leads. Selby, bidding for his…

Trump and Murphy seal final quarter-final places

JUDD Trump set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie against world number one Neil Robertson after seeing off the challenge of Ryan Day. Trump, bidding for his first world title, only needed half of tonight’s evening session to seal his place in the last eight, beating the Welshman 13-7. It is the third time in four…

Flawless Robertson storms into quarter-finals

NEIL Robertson was forced to wait for an historic 100th century break of the season but a flawless performance saw him reach the World Championship quarter-finals. Robertson was at his sublime best winning all four frames of the final session as he ended Mark Allen’s Crucible campaign with a 13-9 victory And the world number…

Middle Sunday remembers Paul Hunter

THE NINTH day of the Dafabet World Championship saw a number of special events held in memory of Paul Hunter. A three-times Masters winner, Hunter died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 27 and was regarded as one of snooker’s most talented players to embrace the game. Members from the Paul Hunter Foundation,…

History repeats as Hawkins fights back to beat Walden

BARRY Hawkins reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for a second year running after he fought back from behind to beat Ricky Walden. History repeated itself at the Crucible this afternoon as, like last year in their semi-final clash, Hawkins produced the goods in the final session to knock out the Chester based potter.…