GILBERT LEADS WILSON AHEAD OF LAST SESSION
David Gilbert secured a 10-6 advantage heading into tomorrow’s final session of his Betfred World Championship quarter-final clash with Kyren Wilson.
The Tamworth potter is competing in his maiden World Championship quarter-final but has looked at ease as he bids to progress further and secure a trip to the one-table semi-finals.
Gilbert will be wary of world number eight Wilson’s ability to overturn deficits. The match is a repeat of this year’s German Masters final, where Wilson came from 7-5 down to defeat Gilbert 9-7 in front of 2,500 fans at Berlin’s Tempodrom.
Wilson is appearing in the last eight at the Crucible for the fourth consecutive year. The Warrior went on an impressive run to reach the semi-finals for the first time last year. On that occasion, he succumbed to a 17-13 defeat against John Higgins. He has his work cut out if he is to return to the last four this year.
The pair were locked together at 4-4 following this morning’s first session. When play got underway this evening it was world number 16 Gilbert who took the game by the scruff of the neck.
He made breaks of 82, 78 and 102 either side of a superb run of 138 from Wilson to lead 7-5 at the mid-session interval.
Wilson took the first frame when they returned to close the gap to 7-6. However, runs of 72, 58 and 60 saw Gilbert seize control of the tie and finish 10-6 up.
Gilbert requires just three more frames for a semi-final place when they play to a conclusion from 2:30 pm tomorrow.
Source: World Snooker