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Matthew Stevens denies Ding Junhui at the International Championship

Stevens continues his resurgent run in China (credit: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Matthew Stevens held his nerve to pull of a deciding-frame victory over home favourite Ding Junhui in the Last 16 of the International Championship in Daqing on Wednesday.

Two-time world finalist Stevens recovered from 3-1 down to edge out the 2013 International Champion and reach the Quarter-Finals of a ranking event for the first time in four years.

Ding, making only his fourth competitive appearance of the season, began brightly with breaks of 50 and 61 to establish a 2-0 lead.

Welsh ace Stevens got off the mark in frame three, but only for Ding to restore a two-frame advantage at the interval.

Stevens secured frame five after the restart before adding a break of 61 to level up, but back came Ding to clinch frame seven and go back in front at 4-3.

Former Masters champion Stevens responded with a 67 break to restore parity before compiling a wonderful clearance of 127 - his first century of the season - to hit the front for the first time.

Ding, though, replied with a break of 66 to force a tense decider, but it was Stevens who spoiled the party with a clinical break of 63 to continue his fine run.

Elsewhere, Judd Trump sustained his formidable run of form in Daqing by thrashing emerging star Yan Bingtao 6-1 in the opening session.

Trump produces another devastating display (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Trump, the inaugural International Champion in 2012, fired in breaks of 68, 104 and 62 on the way to a commanding win over the 18-year-old, meaning he has now dropped just two frames en route to the Quarter-Finals.

Trump will now face his good friend Jack Lisowski for the second tournament running after the world number 21 produced back-to-back centuries to snatch a 6-5 victory over Martin Gould in a thrilling contest.

Lisowski drew first blood with a half century, and after Gould had levelled with a 68, the Gloucester cueist made a 93 to lead 2-1.

Gould made it all square once again before Lisowski followed up with a 64 and defied a 52 break from Gould to open up a two-frame foothold.

Former German Masters champion Gould took frame seven to nil before powering in a sensational clearance of 139 and going on to secure a third consecutive frame to leave Lisowski at the point of no return.

The youngster, however, turned on the style with a break of 103 to force a decider before keeping Gould in his seat once again with a stunning 106 to clinch victory.

Defending champion Mark Selby reeled off four consecutive frames from 3-2 down to dispatch Stuart Carrington 6-3 and remain on course for a third straight International Championship crown.

The world number one made an 84 break in the first frame before Carrington hit back with breaks of 57, 70 and 54 in establishing a 3-2 lead.

Selby dug deep and dominated the contest from there on in, compiling breaks of 85, 77 and 53 in completing the turnaround.

He will now face fellow former World Champion Neil Robertson in Thursday's Quarter-Finals after the Australian overcame teenage sensation Yuan Sijun 6-4.

Robertson battled back from 3-1 down and produced a time brace of tons (127 and 125) in the final two frames to deny the youngster a second ranking Quarter-Final appearance of the season.

Mark Allen took his tally of centuries for the week to seven as he ended the run of Alfie Burden with a thumping 6-1 triumph.

The reigning Masters Champion piled in high breaks of 112, 101 and 77 as he set up a Last Eight show-down with Ali Carter.

Former World Open winner Carter utilised his vast experience to avert a potential upset at the hands of Thailand's Akani Songsermsawad.

Carter produced breaks of 132, 70 and 70 on his way to a 4-2 lead before Akani produced a superb 110 to level at four apiece.

Runs of 53 and 56 saw Carter clinch frame nine before edging the tenth to get over the line and make it back-to-back ranking Quarter-Finals.

Martin O'Donnell continued his breakthrough year by thrashing 2015 finalist David Gilbert 6-1 to reach his third ranking Quarter-Final of 2018.

The Londoner produced breaks of 55, 59 and 64 along the way and will now face Stevens for a place in the Semi-Finals.

International Championship 2018 Results


Wednesday October 31

Last 16

Mark Selby 6-3 Stuart Carrington
Martin Gould 5-6 Jack Lisowski
Yan Bingtao 1-6 Judd Trump
Martin O'Donnell 6-1 David Gilbert

Neil Robertson 6-4 Yuan Sijun
Matthew Stevens 6-5 Ding Junhui
Alfie Burden 1-6 Mark Allen
Ali Carter 6-4 Akani Songsermsawad


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