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Anthony McGill confronts opponent Jamie Clarke over eyeline techniques at World Snooker Championship | Snooker Information

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McGill accused Clarke of intentionally standing in his eyeline throughout play

Jamie Clarke and Anthony McGill turned concerned in a heated confrontation of their World Championship second-round encounter on the Crucible, the place Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui have been deadlocked at 8-8.

Trailing 7-2 within the afternoon session, McGill accused Clarke of intentionally standing in his eyeline because the Scot ready to play a protracted yellow from the baulk finish.

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Referee Jan Verhaas got here between the qualifiers and ordered Clarke from the opposite finish of the desk, directing him to his chair.

Tv protection picked up Verhaas telling Clarke: “Pay attention, pay attention, it is no large deal, however when you’re in his eyeline we would choose you to be on that facet.”

As an animated McGill continued to confront his opponent, Verhaas informed the Scot: “Go away it, go away it,” earlier than Clarke gained the body on the black and left the sector, with McGill working out after him.

Clarke tweeted cryptically “You wish to dance, let’s dance” throughout an interval however the incident clearly fired up McGill, who gained 5 straight frames to shut to solely 8-7 behind.

O’Sullivan and Ding resumed having shared the primary eight frames and neither may transfer into the ascendancy on Saturday afternoon.

O’Sullivan inched forward in a scrappy opening body wherein each gamers have been unable to seek out any fluency however Ding, the 2017 finalist, adopted up a break of 64 with back-to-back centuries to maneuver 7-5 forward.

O’Sullivan responded to taking place with breaks of 90, 89 and 73 to ascertain an 8-7 lead however Ding rallied with 41 and 53 to degree proceedings and go away their match finely poised heading into the conclusion on Sunday night.

Neil Robertson spilt espresso on himself earlier than the beginning of his match in opposition to Barry Hawkins, who sat within the improper chair, resulting in a few delays on Saturday morning.

Barry Hawkins won the final frame of the night to draw level with Neil Robertson at 8-8

Barry Hawkins gained the ultimate body of the night time to attract degree with Neil Robertson at 8-8

Neither Robertson nor Hawkins have been at their greatest by way of a tense afternoon session, however issues improved within the night.

Each gamers discovered their groove, with Robertson hitting two centuries and a break of 93, however Hawkins’ essential 117 within the closing body of the night time ensured it was degree at 8-Eight going into Sunday’s deciding session.

In the meantime, Kyren Wilson, who was given a first-round bye after Anthony Hamilton’s withdrawal from the event, is simply two frames away from the quarter-finals after opening up an 11-5 lead over Martin Gould.


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