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Live Snooker on Saturday: Shanghai Masters 2016 - Semi-Finals Preview and order of play

Selby and Bingham face off (credit:World Snooker)

Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham lock horns in a mouth-watering Semi-Final showdown at the 2016 Shanghai Masters, while home favourite Ding Junhui takes on Stephen Maguire in the other Last-Four clash at the Shanghai Grand Stage on Saturday.

Selby and Bingham face off in what promises to be a fascinating and closely fought encounter between the players ranked first and second in the world rankings respectively, with both looking to move one victory away from a second title in Shanghai.

World Champion Selby, who won this event in 2011, has looked fairly comfortable this week in his quest for a second straight ranking trophy, having lifted the Paul Hunter Classic in Furth last month.

The Jester eased past local player Yuan Sijun 5-1 in the opening round and, despite seeing Stuart Carrington and Ryan Day fight back from 4-1 down to 4-3 in the Last 16 and Quarter-Finals respectively, held his nerve against both men to eventually prevail by 5-3 scorelines.

He narrowly shades the head-to-head record with Bingham with eight victories in the 15 previous meetings, although the most recent came at this stage of the 2013 Champion of Champions, which 'Ball run' won 6-4.

Stephen Maguire of Scotland plays a shot (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
The 2015 Crucible King has enjoyed a very smooth passage to the last four in the event he won two years ago - dropping just three frames along the way.

First, the Basildon cueist whitewashed Jamie Jones before beating David Gilbert 5-2 and avenging his two defeats in the space of three months against Ali Carter with a resounding 5-1 thrashing of the Captain.

The 40-year-old is aiming for back-to-back finals this season, having also reached the showpiece in the Six-Reds World Championship earlier this month.

He was edged out 8-7 in Bangkok by Ding, whose quest for consecutive tournament victories continues against Maguire in the other semi-final.

The home favourite was given an almighty scare by Scott Donaldson in the opening round and was forced to recover from 3-1 behind before eventually prevailing in a decider.

He then enjoyed a comfortable 5-2 success over Mark Allen and, despite being pegged back to 3-3 from 2-0 up, the World finalist held his nerve see off Michael Holt 5-3 in the quarter-finals.

The 11-time ranking event winner, whose most recent triumph came at the 2014 China Open, has won each of the last five meetings with Maguire, although the latest came three years ago in the European Tour's Ruhr Open.

World number 20 Maguire can climb back into the top 16 by capturing a sixth ranking title and what would be his first since the 2013 Welsh Open.

The Scotsman should certainly fancy his chances having looked impressive in Shanghai - whitewashing Shaun Murphy 5-0 and seeing off Barry Hawkins 5-3, before producing a dominant performance to ease past Michael White 5-1 in the Last Eight.

Play at the Shanghai Grand Stage gets underway with the first semi-final at 7.30am BST on Saturday, before the second breaks off at 12.30pm.

Both matches will be contested over the best of 11 frames, with the winners progressing to the Final of the 2016 Shanghai Masters.

Shanghai Masters 2016 match schedule

Saturday 24 September

7.30am
Mark Selby v Stuart Bingham

12.30pm
Ding Junhui v Stephen Maguire



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Live Snooker on Saturday: Shanghai Masters 2016 - Semi-Finals Preview and order of play

Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham lock horns in a mouth-watering Semi-Final showdown at the 2016 Shanghai Masters, while home favourite Ding Junhui takes on Stephen Maguire in the other Last-Four clash at the Shanghai Grand Stage on Saturday.

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