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Snooker wrap: O’Sullivan on course for final, as Carter leads Maguire

The legendary snooker player produced a vintage display earlier today.

O'Sullivan won six frames in a row today to put himself strongly in contention for a place in the final.
O'Sullivan won six frames in a row today to put himself strongly in contention for a place in the final.

RONNIE O’SULLIVAN showed his class to establish an 11-5 lead over Matthew Stevens at the World Championship semi-final at the Crucible today.

In a stunning display, O’Sullivan made two century breaks, in addition to scores of 98, 90, 62 and 61, consequently enabling the three-time champion to win six frames in a row.

Stevens had initially threatened to derail O’Sullivan’s Championship bid, winning the first two frames of the day, but The Rocket now has one foot in the final going into tomorrow’s session.

Meanwhile, in the other semi-final, Ali Carter also gained a considerable advantage over Stephen Maguire, and he currently leads 14-8 against the Scot.

Current scores:

Stephen Maguire (Sco) 8-14 Ali Carter (Eng): 59-44, 56-18, 0-72, 0-92 (91), 49-54, 82-6 (82), 26-66 (65), 11-68, 73-17 (57), 83-0 (59), 6-70, 1-118 (118), 69-80, 4-74 (65), 142-0 (142), 43-59, 76-0, 47-67 (53), 0-134 (134), 29-63, 1-73 (73), 72-14,

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 11-5 Matthew Stevens (Wal): 67-53, 66-31 (52), 84-8 (66), 96-10, 47-72, 31-71, 70-11, 1-81 (80), 1-75 (60), 62-63 (61, 63), 90-36 (62), 110-6 (110), 127-4 (98), 94-0 (90), 76-35, 117-0 (113).

Tomorrow’s schedule:

(best of 33 frames)

1000: Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) v Matthew Stevens (Wal)

1430: Stephen Maguire (Sco) v Ali Carter (Eng)

1900: Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) v Matthew Stevens (Wal)

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