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Live Snooker on Thursday: World Championship 2017 Day Six preview and order of play

Ronnie O'Sullivan (L) and Shaun Murphy face off on Wednesday (credit:)

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy go head-to-head in a mouth-watering clash as the Second Round of the 2017 World Championship gets underway on Thursday, while Stuart Bingham locks horns with Kyren Wilson at The Crucible.

The Rocket and Magician renew their rivalry at the sport's most iconic venue, where the former has won both of their previous meetings including a 13-3 rout in the 2014 Quarter-Finals.



As so often is the case, five-time champion O’Sullivan has dominated the headlines at snooker’s blue-riband event once again this year, making allegations of bullying and intimidation towards him by World Snooker following his narrow 10-7 victory over Gary Wilson in round one.

However, these were dismissed by Murphy as “completely wrong” after the 2005 winner survived a huge scare against Chinese prodigy Yan Bingtao, before prevailing a 10-8 winner.

It has all added fire ahead of what promises to be another highly entertaining showdown between the players, with the opening eight frames taking place in the evening session.

Kyren Wilson defeated David Grace 10-6 in round one (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, another tasty second-round tie gets underway with world number three Bingham and 14th seed Wilson facing off.

The 2015 champion is aiming to make it third time lucky having lost both of their previous contests, including their China Open quarter-final three weeks ago which was won 5-2 by the Warrior, who reached the Last Eight here 12 months ago.

Elsewhere, the first round draws to a conclusion with Neil Robertson and Barry Hawkins in strong positions to complete the draw for the Last 16.

Robertson, the 2010 champion, hit the 500th century of his career on the way to opening up a commanding 8-1 advantage over Thai debutant Noppon Saengkham – meaning he needs just two frames to prevail.

2013 finalist Hawkins is three away from seeing off Paul Hunter Classic runner-up Tom Ford, after a top break of 132 helped establish a healthy 7-2 lead.

Day six of the 2017 World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield gets underway at 1pm BST.

Betfred World Championship 2017 Schedule

Thursday April 20

 

Round One

 

1pm

3*) Neil Robertson (8-1) Noppon Saengkham

 

Round Two 

21) Stuart Bingham v Kyren Wilson

 

7pm

Round One

13*) Barry Hawkins (7-2) Tom Ford

 

Round Two

19) Shaun Murphy v Ronnie O'Sullivan



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Live Snooker on Thursday: World Championship 2017 Day Six preview and order of play

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