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Ricky Walden holds four-frame advantage over Barry Hawkins after first session

Updated: Friday, 03 May 2013 07:30 | Comments

Barry Hawkins had a best break of only 19 in the opening four frames Walden holds a 6-2 lead after the first session.
Barry Hawkins had a best break of only 19 in the opening four frames Walden holds a 6-2 lead after the first session.

Jostling for the right to take on Ronnie O'Sullivan or Judd Trump in the Betfair World Championship final are Chester's Ricky Walden and Kent's Barry Hawkins, who began their semi-final this evening.

Theirs is perhaps the most unlikely final-four pairing since Nigel Bond took on Andy Hicks in 1995, and Walden hit the front as he seized a 6-2 lead.

Hawkins had speculated that he might struggle with the pressure of the Crucible's semi-final set-up, featuring only one table in the arena and the gaze of the entire audience on the match.

So it proved, as he had a best break of only 19 in the opening four frames - one of which he somehow won - while Walden looked sharp and had runs of 91, 105 and 119 as he looked ready for the big stage.

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