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Ronnie O'Sullivan needs to chalk off Stuart Bingham's bold bid at Betfred World Snooker Championship

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/04/2015

Ronnie O’Sullivan
Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan escaped punishment for putting his chalk on the table in the Betfred World Championship quarter-final clash with Stuart Bingham at the Crucible.

O'Sullivan - who had broken rules earlier in the tournament when playing some of a frame in his socks - is attempting to battle back from a 5-3 overnight deficit after opening with a century break and then hitting 118 in the fourth frame.

In the fifth frame, the Rocket was fortunate to escape a possible seven-point sanction as he placed his chalk on the table to line up a shot but referee Terry Camilleri did not call the foul.

Bingham, though, recovered to win three successive frames to edge ahead, with the best-of-25 frame match concluding tonight.

Barry Hawkins - conqueror of Ulsterman Mark Allen - led Neil Robertson 5-3 overnight.

Hawkins, runner-up in 2013 and a semi-finalist last year, took a 35-minute opening frame on the colours, then 2010 champion Robertson responded with breaks of 115 and 70 in winning three in a row.

But the Australian failed to score a single point after the interval as world number five Hawkins reeled off four frames on the spin.

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