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World Snooker Championship: Neil Robertson has narrow lead over Liang Wenbo; Yan Bingtao dominating

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02/08/2020 at 13:24 | Updated 02/08/2020 at 14:21

Neil Robertson takes a narrow 5-4 lead into the evening session against Liang Wenbo at the Crucible in Sheffield.

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Robertson started the morning session in style by grabbing a century with opening breaks of 140, 123 and 87, but Liang would keep fighting back with scrappy frames.

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And despite Liang's significantly lower pot success percentage, the world number 34 stuck with it and registered his first century in the last frame - frame nine - a break of 113, to ensure the two were separated by just a frame heading into the evening session.

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Bingtao dominating debutant Slessor

Yan Bingtao takes a considerable 7-1 lead heading into tomorrow's afternoon session against Englishman Elliot Slessor.

The 20-year-old from China registered four frames on the bounce, including a 66 in the opening frame and a 119 century in frame four, before Slessor clawed back a frame with a break of 60.

But Slessor was simply unable to cope with Yan who finished on 76-35 in the eighth frame to all but secure his place in the second round.

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