Breaking news: Davis holds narrow lead against Ding

Mark Davis holds a 4-3 lead over Ding Junhui after the opening session at The Crucible in Sheffield
Mark Davis holds a 4-3 lead over Ding Junhui after the opening session at The Crucible in Sheffield
  • Davis 4-3 up on Ding after opening session
  • St Leonards player led 4-0 with breaks of 66 and 56
  • World no.3 Ding hit back with runs of 66, 109 and 76
  • Only seven of scheduled nine frames were possible
  • Match will resume from 10am tomorrow
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Mark Davis holds a slender advantage after the opening session of his first round match at the World Snooker Championship this afternoon (Monday).

The St Leonards cueman is 4-3 up against Chinese world number three Ding Junhui at The Crucible in Sheffield. The game will be played to a finish from 10am tomorrow.

Nine frames were scheduled for the opening session, which started shortly after 2.30pm, but only seven were possible before the players had to vacate the arena in time for the 7pm matches to take place.

Things looked like being even better for Davis as he won all of the first four frames. The world number 18 came through a scrappy opener on the pink before edging an equally tight second frame.

A break of 66 paved the way for Davis to clinch frame three, and he proceeded to win frame four as well courtesy of a 56 break and 20 points in fouls.

Ding upped his game after the interval, though, and runs of 66, 109 and 76 gave him the next three frames to reduce his deficit to one.

Davis had to win three best-of-19 matches at the qualifiers just to get to The Crucible. The 42-year-old saw off Joe O’Connor 10-4, Oliver Lines 10-7 and former world champion Ken Doherty 10-3.