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Ding is in control as he sees historic victory beckon at World Snooker Championship

By Josh Richards

Ding Junhui's bid to become the first Asian player to win the Betfred World Championship is hotting up, the Chinese star racing to a 6-2 lead over Alan McManus.

Ding - who, like the Scot, had to come through the qualifying rounds to make it to the £1.5m Crucible showpiece - needs 11 of the last 25 frames to book a place in the final against Mark Selby or Marco Fu.

McManus, at 45, is the oldest Crucible semi-finalist since 1985, when Ray Reardon reached the last four at the age of 52.

Ding dominated the first five frames, firing breaks of 100, 84, 131, 62 and 100 to go 5-0 up.

McManus - in his first world semi-final for 23 years - took the next two frames, but Ding finished the session in style with a 128 to secure a four-frame overnight lead, with the match resuming today.

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