Higgins seizes control

John Higgins was pulling away from Mark Allen this morning as he closed in on a place in the Betfred.com World Championship final.

John Higgins was pulling away from Mark Allen this morning as he closed in on a place in the Betfred.com World Championship final.

The 33-year-old from Wishaw won all four frames before the mid-session interval to surge 10-2 clear, making two centuries in the process.

And he was setting up the possibility that the match might finish in tonight’s third session.

A fourth session is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, however Higgins looked to be powering towards an early victory.

It looked one match too many for 23-year-old Allen, the man who knocked out Ronnie O’Sullivan in the second round, as Higgins took the opening two frames of the morning following breaks of 127 and 66.

The champion of 1998 and 2007 had led 6-2 after winning the final three frames yesterday afternoon.

He made a scorching start today with his first-frame century.

Scottish cueman Higgins, seeking a third world title, then added the next and nudged seven frames clear on the back of a break of 43 and a near-perfect snooker in the 11th frame which left his Northern Irish opponent in a dire position.

Producing some of the finest snooker of the past fortnight, Higgins made a flawless break of 104 to go to the interval in complete control.

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