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Ronnie O’Sullivan is just two frames away from the eighth World Snooker Championship final after the penultimate session

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Ronnie O’Sullivan is nearing his eighth World Final after winning five of the eight frames in the penultimate session of his round of 16 against John Higgins at the Crucible.

The 46-year-old took a 10-6 lead after scoring a thrilling final frame on a newfound Black on Friday night and secured a 15-9 advantage, needing just two frames to progress on Saturday night .

Though he shot for three centuries, O’Sullivan was clinical rather than old-fashioned as he cleaned up after a series of Higgins blunders. The Scot showed his frustration by slamming his cue to the ground as he let his opponent in early in the 22nd frame.

Higgins seemed unaffected by Friday night’s drama as he won the morning’s essential opening frame, but an 82 break from O’Sullivan quickly restored his four-frame advantage to go 11-8.

The Scot hit back again before the pair traded tons, O’Sullivan put together a 101 and Higgins hit a 103 down the other side of the mid-session interval to return to 12-9.

Higgins fluffed an easy red down the middle in the next frame, completing a promising break of 16 and allowing O’Sullivan to fire off a devastating 121 – the 100th century of this year’s tournament – to firmly assert command.

In the next game it was O’Sullivan’s turn to ground at 50 but Higgins once again failed to fully capitalize, a poor positional shot leading to a period of safety play from which O’Sullivan emerged a comfortable margin to five lead to 14-9.

Higgins’ dismal session was summed up in the final frame as O’Sullivan lunged for an easy breakoff shot to sink a long red and continue rolling in his 12th century of the tournament – a clean 134 – and secured the to make the final evening meeting a formality.

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