MX23RW : Tuesday, June 25 15:00:06| >> :600:36682951:36682951:

Mark Allen, Si Jiahui take lead in World Championship semi-finals

Allen, Si take lead in World Championship semi-finals
© Reuters
Mark Allen and Si Jiahui establish early leads after the first session of their respective World Championship semi-finals.

Mark Allen has established a 5-3 lead over Mark Selby after the first session of their World Championship semi-final.

Selby, a four-time champion, has grown into the tournament and appeared at his efficient best as he took the opener with a 123 break.

Breaks of 63 and 66 did not prevent Allen falling 3-2 behind, but the Northern Irishman was able to reel off the final three frames to seize the early initiative.

Although he was devoid of a century, Allen made further breaks of 64, 60 and 78 respectively to prevent Selby from gaining a stranglehold of the contest.

Earlier in the day, Si Jiahui produced some ruthless snooker to open up a 5-3 advantage over Luca Brecel, who won seven straight frames to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan on Thursday.

In sharp contrast, the Belgian watched debutant Si reel off four successive frames to move 4-1 ahead, making breaks of 125, 102 and 97 in the process.

The Chinese youngster would have moved 5-1 in front had he not missed a simple black when 53-1 ahead in the sixth, Brecel responding with a 72 clearance.

While Brecel took the seventh to capitalise on his let-off, Si responded in the final frame of the session, taking it on the black to open up a narrow advantage.

ID:512491:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect2521:

Click here for more stories about Mark Allen

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Ronnie O'Sullivan pictured in 2016
Read Next:
O'Sullivan builds lead over Brecel in quarter-finals
>
rhs 2.0
Euro 2024 fixtures header
Tuesday, June 25
 
5pm
 
8pm
 
8pm
Wednesday, June 26
 
5pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
Saturday, June 29
 
5pm
 
8pm
Sunday, June 30
Monday, July 1
Tuesday, July 2
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 10
Sunday, July 14


Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Argentina's Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after collecting the Golden Ball award on December 18, 2022Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!