2015 World Championship (Day 2) - The magic four land into Last 16

02:05:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The second day of our magical Crucible journey is over and four more players found their way into the Last 16 round, thus getting closer and closer to reaching the "Holy Grail" of snooker, also known as the World Championship trophy.

Still, one of the most exciting and thrilling performance recorded this Sunday was the one of Anthony McGill who took on his fellow country-man Stephen Maguire.

All odds against him, Ants ended the first session on Saturday with a comfortable lead of 6-3 and went on to win the match with a perfect and late-night 10-9 scoreline.

A break of 60 points was the one that opened the second and last session between these two Scottish players, carefully signed by Maguire who was reducing the deficit at just two points, but Ants took off immediately.

Frame 11 was conquered with a 97 break while the following one was dramatically won on the black.

Maguire still managed to pull back a scrappy frame, but McGill slap came under the form of a top break of 49. He was now just one away from victory, 9-5.

But you can't underestimate Maguire's fire that automatically started burning his opponent with breaks of 51, 81, 44, 31 and 32 to complete the comeback and also force the decider.

Now, many would have thought that the fact that Stephen kept his opponent mostly in his seat during the last four frames was going to mean the death of him. Wrong!

McGill went on and took the first opportunity to make a perfect 122 break and seal a well-deserved and hard-fought match by 10-9.

Now he'll meet with another fan of the late-night deciders, Mark Selby. This should be interesting!

Another Scotsman qualified for playing at least one more match this tournament, John Higgins beating Robert Milkins 10-5.

After a first session that ended with the 2011 world champion taking a 6-3 lead, the second one started in a pretty similar way, John hitting a 77 and a 75 to go 8-3.

Despite the Milkman's effort to pull back two consecutive frames, Higgins went on and sealed his victory with runs of 69 and 106 to set a Last 16 meeting with the winner of Ding Junhui v. Mark Davis match.

Graeme Dott joined Scotland's team in the Last 16 (non-intended rhyme there) after beating Ricky Walden 10-8 after a pretty dramatic encounter.

Although their first session was a pretty balanced one, Dott ending it with a slight 5-4 advantage, the last one proved to have a quite different vibe after the 10th frame which was clinched by Dotty.

Walden put together an intensive comeback sustained by breaks of 78, 104 (which was actually a 147 attempt) and 31, but also turned-tables with his rival and get into the lead at 7-6.

Dott carefully used a 78 clearance to restore the balance of the match and runs of 43 and 65 to go just one away from victory taking advantage of his opponent missing some pretty easy balls.

Ricky managed to pull back a frame, but in the end it was Dott who crossed the finish-line and is now waiting for the winner of Stuart Bingham v. Robbie Williams match.

Marco Fu has also secured himself a nice and cosy place into the next round after beating Jimmy Robertson 10-6.

The lads continued their battle from a 5-4 scoreline (in favour of Fu) and shared frames up until 7-6, moment that marked Fu's fury.

A dramatic 14th frame opened a 2-frame gap between the players, while breaks of 63 and 73 proved enough for Marco to close the deal.

Two more matches started this Sunday, their first session ending on the same 7-2 scoreline.

Neil Robertson took off as the referee said "1st frame", breaks of 52, 55, 143 (the highest of the tournament, so far), 37 and 109 helping him go 6-0 up against a flummoxed Jamie Jones.

Still, the kid found his inner- strength and won two frames in a row, before Robertson wrapped up the session with a 56 to go 7-2 in front.

Barry Hawkins is proud to hold the same type of advantage over Matthew Selt, with the only difference that up until 2-2 the match was pretty balanced.

But as the mid-session interval ended, Barry used a set of breaks (91, 64, 70 and 65) to go 7-2 in front. 

Both matches will resume on Monday, but others will begin:

Barry Hawkins v. Matthew Selt (7-2)
Stuart Bingham v. Robbie Williams

Neil Robertson v. Jamie Jones (7-2)
Ding Junhui v. Mark Davis

Stuart Bingham v. Robbie Williams
Ali Carter v. Alan McManus

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