World Championship 2012 (Day 5) - Perry and Day book Last 16 spot

17:07:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

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The fifth day of cue action started with Joe Perry's incredible 10-1 win over Graeme Dott and continued with a thrilling final-session-match that saw Ryan Day winning 10-9 over Ding Junhui.

The upsets series continue ...

What happened with Dott? Hard to say. Is this the worst he's played this season? Sure thing. 

But on the other hand Perry wasn't on top of his form either. It's fair to say that the Englishman's snooker was better than the one his opponent played, but we all know that Perry can do so much more than that and now he's got a great chance to prove it, with a booked Last 16 spot.

The first session ended with "The Gentleman" of snooker taking a decisive 8-1 lead by hitting in breaks of 39, 44, 51, 48, 43 and 42; in the opposite corner Dott being ready to surrender as nothing was happening for him when he was finally getting his turn at the table.

Devastated by his run Dott didn't manage to win more than one frame, the match ending after little more than a 20-minute second session and runs of 59 and 56 recorded by Perry for setting a meeting in the Last 16 with another Scotsman, Stephen Maguire.

The second match of the day saw Ding Junhui taking full advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses, Ryan Day's mistakes costing him an initial 6-4 lead but … not the match.

With a first session where the leitmotiv was high quality snooker, it was really not surprise to see the lads sharing frames up until the last one, with Day taking a slight lead of 5-4.

As the second one kicked off the Welshman seemed to be continuing his good run started the day before, but that was one an appearance, although he did win the 10th frame to force a two-frame lead.

What happened next was a classical 'Ding-case' with the Chinese player not only levelling the match, but also taking the lead at 9-6 with breaks of 38, 52, 56, 69, 46 and 57.

Still, Day managed to keep it cool and started his comeback. One frame at a time, no rush. Breaks of 57, 79 and 33 were forcing a decider, putting quite a pressure on his Chinese opponent.

As the last frame began, the Welshman missed a pink that meant a huge chance for Ding. Still 48 points later the Welsh Open champion was missing a red giving Day a life-line, the qualifier clearing up until the pink with a great 64 to win the match.