Mark Selby staged a advantageous fightback to beat Ken Doherty 4-2 and maintain his hopes of scooping the £150,000 collection bonus alive on the BetVictor Gibraltar Open.
Solely three-time World Champion Selby and world primary Judd Trump stay within the operating to prime the BetVictor European Sequence standings. The bumper payout is awarded to the participant who accumulates probably the most prize cash throughout the eligible occasions.
The 2 gamers are on a collision course to fulfill within the semi-finals in the event that they each win their subsequent three matches. Selby should attain the ultimate to take house the bonus, every other outcome would see Trump prime the standings. In the event that they had been to fulfill within the final 4, the winner could be assured to depart with at the least £170,000 and the loser would go house with £6,000.
Selby trailed 1997 Crucible king Doherty 2-0 within the early levels this afternoon. Nevertheless, he clawed again to parity, earlier than firing in again to again century runs of 130 and 124 to clinch victory. He now faces Chris Wakelin within the final 32.
Selby stated: “In a means, I hope we each get to the semi-finals and it involves that. Not less than we could have given it a very good run and if I win I get it and if he wins he will get it. If considered one of us loses earlier than that, it’s a little bit of a disgrace. It might be good if it did get all the way down to the semis, however there may be a whole lot of exhausting work to do earlier than then.
“In patches my sport feels actually good. It’s simply looking for the consistency which I had at the beginning of the season. I really feel like I’m scoring once I get probabilities, which it’s a must to do now with the usual the best way it’s. I simply must maintain working exhausting and see what occurs.”
Trump remained on observe with a 4-1 defeat of Sunny Akani. He made two century breaks of 124 on his strategy to the win and can face both Liang Wenbo or Robert Milkins up subsequent.
The Ace within the Pack put himself in pole place within the BetVictor European Sequence by successful the BetVictor German Masters again in January.
Ukrainian 15-year-old Iulian Boiko gained his first ever match as knowledgeable with a 4-3 defeat of Fergal O’Brien. Boiko earned a spot on the World Snooker Tour by reaching the ultimate of the WSF Open final 12 months in Malta. He performs Mark Allen within the final 64.
Former Masters champion Allen whitewashed Jamie Curtis-Barrett 4-0, whereas Matthew Selt recorded a 4-3 defeat of Barry Hawkins.