John Higgins survived a major fright at the Crucible tonight as he set up what seems certain to be a battle of Scotland against Stephen Hendry in the second round.

Higgins trailed 52-44 in the deciding frame against Chinese qualifier Liang Wenbo, and pulled through when his opponent failed with a daring double but instead left a chance for the defending champion to clear up.

Earlier in the frame, Liang had called a foul on himself in a outstanding show of sportsmanship.

Higgins was leading 5-4 after the afternoon session, but was trailing 8-6 in the evening before fighting back for a 10-9 win which carries him into the last 16.

Hendry, 8-1 ahead against Stuart Bingham after a superb session in which he fired the 10th maximum break in the history of the World Championship, is poised to be his next opponent. It would be their first World Championship meeting.

Also this evening, Northern Ireland's Mark Allen narrowly lost his session 5-4 to China’s Cao Yupeng. Their match resumes at 2.30pm on Sunday.