Daily Mail - - Football - HEC­TOR NUNNS

DAVID GIL­BERT came close to a max­i­mum break as he marked his de­but in snooker’s World Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nals by tak­ing a 5-3 lead over four-time cham­pion John Hig­gins. Gil­bert pot­ted 15 reds and 14 blacks in a bid to clinch the £50,000 jack­pot for a 147 at the Cru­cible, but the 16th seed ran out of po­si­tion af­ter sink­ing the fi­nal red. Hig­gins had swept into a 2-0 lead but Gil­bert, who had won only one match in four pre­vi­ous Cru­cible ap­pear­ances, drew level with a break of 94. Gil­bert, the 37-year-old un­der­dog, ended the ses­sion strongly, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a Hig­gins er­ror to se­cure a 5-3 ad­van­tage go­ing into to­day’s sec­ond ses­sion. Mean­while, ti­tle favourite Judd Trump stands at 4-4 in his match with qual­i­fier Gary Wil­son af­ter last night’s first ses­sion.

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