Saturday 3 December 2016

Murphy races into early lead

Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30

Murphy came out flying after the interval and racked up the first century of the match with a 105 but a 69 in the next saw Hawkins find some rhythm and make it 4-2 before Murphy hit back to win the final two frames
Murphy came out flying after the interval and racked up the first century of the match with a 105 but a 69 in the next saw Hawkins find some rhythm and make it 4-2 before Murphy hit back to win the final two frames

Shaun Murphy looked in ominous form as he opened up a 6-2 lead against Barry Hawkins after the first session of their World Championship semi-final at the Crucible.

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The 2005 champion opened with a 92 break and recorded two centuries after the mid-session interval with his long potting coming to the fore as Hawkins often failed to find the cushion, perhaps showing signs of fatigue from his late finish in the 13-12 win over Neil Robertson.

Murphy would have led by a greater margin had he not fouled on the final black of frame four to hand Hawkins a fortunate foothold in the contest.

Murphy came out flying after the interval and racked up the first century of the match with a 105 but a 69 in the next saw Hawkins find some rhythm and make it 4-2 before Murphy hit back to win the final two frames.

Stuart Bingham holds a 5-3 lead over former World No 1 Judd Trump. Trump took a 2-1 lead with runs of 49 and 64 but he appeared to lose focus when Bingham levelled up thanks to an 89 break.

Irish Independent

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