Hotting up

The snooker action just keeps on coming, like a wave of cues, balls and baize that will not stop, even when you cannot take any more of the thrills, the spills and John Virgo’s heart-pumping commentary style. All in the glamorous setting of Telford - how much more exciting can it possibly get? Once you look past all the hype, the women and the showbiz, there are some neat cue actions on display that’d get even the fustiest of housewives a bit hot under the collar.

Yesterday world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan and current world champ John Higgins progressed to the last eight, The Rocket with a carefree spanking of dour Tory Boy Peter Ebdon, Higgins with a long, slow grind to eventual ecstasy against Australian Neil Robertson, winning 9-8.

Elsewhere China’s Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo both made it through comfortably, Ding with a 9-3 hammering of defending champ Shaun Murphy, Liang giving Mark King a thorough 9-2-style going over. Steven Maguire also beat Stuart Bingham, while Peter Lines continued his miracle run in the tournament, beating Mark Williams 9-8.

‘I've had a few good UK tournaments. I've won it, been to the final and got to the semi-finals last year, so I've been quote consistent here,’ said Maguire. ‘But I'm feeling good about my game and if I win my next match I've got a day off to look forward too.’ A day off in Telford eh? Rock ‘n’ Roll debauchery, here we come.

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