Anthony McGill was in superb form as he raced into a 10-6 lead against Ronnie O’Sullivan in the World Snooker Championship.
The pair began the day at 4-4 with the encounter very finely poised before the Scot took advantage of mistakes and pulled away.
O’Sullivan kicked off the morning session with a controversial opening shot, copying Mark Williams’ dribbling effort up and behind the reds, but McGill was up to the task and converted an open red to kickstart a frame win.
Key dates and schedule for 2022-23 snooker season as O'Sullivan defends world crown
- 'Who saw that coming?' - O'Sullivan shocks with controversial break-off
- 'They've inspired me to keep playing' - O'Sullivan exclusive on Snooker's Class of '92
- 'He looked unbeatable' - O'Sullivan 'formidable' against McGill, says Foulds
A break of 71 was enough to secure the second frame to move into a 6-4 lead, before making it 7-4 with his 27th century of the season, and sixth consecutive frame of the match.
'Great' - O'Sullivan sinks impressive long pot under pressure
O’Sullivan pulled it back to 8-5 with a break of 92, before McGill reasserted his four-frame advantage with his second century of the session, of 102.
A 58 in the 15th frame gave McGill hope of a swift victory when the players returned for the evening session as he again pulled away from the Rocket.
The reigning world champion then gave himself a flicker of hope with a break of 69 at the end of the session before the restart at 8pm on Friday evening.
'Unbelievable' - Watch O'Sullivan deliver amazing escape
- - -
You can watch every match of the World Snooker Championship live and ad-free on the Eurosport App and eurosport.co.uk. Download the Eurosport app now for iOS and Android.
World Championship qualifiers to be played over 19 frames
Opinion: O’Sullivan has found a formula for success that can bring more glory
Share this article