Shaun Murphy on course to reach World Championship quarter-final

Shaun Murphy on course to reach first Crucible quarter-final for six years with the Magician three frames away from beating Masters champion Yan Bingtao in World Championship

  • Shaun Murphy is on pole to reach his first quarter-final in six years 
  • The Magician is three frames away from beating Yan Bingtao 
  • The 2005 champion has not got past the second round since 2015 

Shaun Murphy has one foot in his first Crucible quarter-final for six years.

The 2005 champion has not got past the World Championship second round since finishing runner-up to Stuart Bingham in 2015. 

The Magician was in superb form for most of the first two sessions against 21-year-old Masters champion Yan Bingtao. 

Shaun Murphy is three frames away from beating Yan Bingtao in the World Championship

But the Chinese prospect kept himself in the contest by fighting back from 8-2 down to 10-6. 

Murphy made early breaks of 109, 144, 88 and 68. But his best effort in the last six frames was just 54 as Yan took four of them.

Three-time champion Mark Selby leads former Masters champion Mark Allen 9-6 overnight ahead of their final session.

The pair were unable to complete the scheduled eight frames and were hauled off early before evening play.

Selby established an 8-4 lead before Northern Ireland’s Allen cut the deficit to 8-6.

The Magician is on course to make his first Cruciable quarter-final in six years

The Magician is on course to make his first Cruciable quarter-final in six years

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