Fortune gives Hawkins a break

Published: Thursday 30th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A dramatic late piece of fortune handed Barry Hawkins a foothold in his Betfred World Championship semi-final against Shaun Murphy at the Crucible on Thursday afternoon.

A break of 92 handed Murphy the first frame and he took the next two as well to move into what looked to be developing into a dominant position.

An impressive pot on the black then looked to have given Murphy a 4-0 lead but the cue ball found its way to the centre pocket from a tight angle and the 2005 champion had to make do with a 3-1 advantage at the mid-session interval.

Hawkins got the first look at the table but broke down on 31 and, after a brief safety battle, Murphy potted an impressive red and then showed ominous form in compiling 92.

Murphy opened the next with a 29 but missed a red to the bottom right and Hawkins looked to have done all the hard work in progressing to 63 until he too missed a routine pot, this time to the centre.

That was all the invite Murphy needed and he cleared the table with ease to make it 2-0 in a smash-and-grab effort.

The third frame was a more scrappy affair but Murphy again looked well in until he got a kick and, despite an impressive effort to get back in position off a pink, he unfortunately managed to end up touching a red and had to play away.

A safety battle was the result but it was Murphy who managed to register a 39 and move further ahead.

The fourth frame was another scrappy battle but Hawkins had complied 30 before he lost position on the final black and had to play a safety.

He left on a difficult pot but Murphy made it into the yellow pocket before agonisingly seeing the cue ball go into the middle, to the disbelief of both players – a foul which handed Hawkins the frame.

Published: Thursday 30th April 2015 by The News Editor

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