There is nothing to choose between Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire after the first session of their Coral Tour Championship semi-final, which saw them share the frames and emerge with the score at 4-4.
Out of five matches so far this week, it is the fourth time that the players have been level following the afternoon session.
That means there are high stakes this evening, with the Coral Cup and the £100,000 series bonus on the line. It is awarded to the player who accumulates the most prize money over the three-event series. World number one Trump just needs to win tonight to secure the payout, while Maguire must win the tournament.
After a scrappy first three frames this afternoon, Scotland’s Maguire led 2-1. From there Trump made his move to take control of proceedings.
World Champion Trump levelled at the mid-session with a run of 97. A further break of 57 helped the Ace in the Pack to move ahead, before he added another frame to make it 4-2.
Maguire dug deep and halved his arrears, before both players asked for the balls to be changed. It had a positive effect for Maguire, who fired a sublime 132 break to make it 4-4.
They will return at 7pm to play the best of 17 match to a conclusion.
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