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UK Championship latest – Sensational Maguire sets up Ding final

UK Championship latest – Sensational Maguire sets up Ding final
By Eurosport

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Friday’s snooker action at the UK Championship in York.

UK Championship - Friday's action

21:05 - Maguire whitewashes Allen to reach final!

One of the greatest semi-final performances... ever?!

Stephen Maguire shows no sign of nerves as he posts a century to complete a 6-0 demolition of Mark Allen. He will face Ding Junhui in tomorrow's final.

20:50 - Maguire 5-0 Allen

Unbelievable. Allen finally gets some more points on the board, 38 to precise, but he's soon requiring snookers. He has a good stab, but Maguire pots a difficult green off the cushion to move one frame away from the UK Championship final..

20:15 - Maguire 4-0 Allen

Another frame, and it is to nil again. Maguire puts up 72 and is only stopped by a massive kick on the black. Allen has to try to force snookers, but fouls almost immediately and that is the end of that.

Both men wander off for a little break and Allen needs to find some inspiration.

19:55 - Maguire 3-0 Allen

Oh dear. Mark Allen finally gets a point on the board, and 66 more but misses a tricky red with frame ball beckoning.

Maguire is ruthless and hits back with another clearance, and Allen is not a happy chap at all. He needs this frame, you feel.

19:35 - Maguire 2-0 Allen

The Scot is going brilliantly here. The long pot to open the break is even better than his one in the opening frame and there is no mistake for the century this time, a total clearance of 129. Majestic stuff - and Mark Allen is yet to score a point!

19:20 - Maguire 1-0 Allen

Stephen Maguire has flown out of the blocks with a break of 95 and takes the first frame after a Mark Allen miss from distance. Here's how he opened up with the very first pot of the match.

19:00 - Getting ready

A brief delay to the start but the players are in the tunnel now - in the meantime, here is the real reason Eurosport pundit Ronnie O'Sullivan has decided not to play the UK Masters in January.

18:50 - And we're back

What a mouth-watering prospect this is, as Mark Allen takes on Stephen Maguire for a place in the UK Championship final. Worth bearing in mind that Maguire has won this tournament before - all the way back in 2004. Allen meanwhile is a two-time finalist but has never won it. They'll be underway in just 10 minutes time.

16:40 - DING WINS!

It's all over, and it was far too easy for Ding in the end. He hasn't been in a final since 2009 - can he win a third title? Either Stephen Maguire or Mark Allen will stand in his way - we'll be back at 7pm for their clash. Join us!

16:25 - Ding Junhui 5-2 Yan Bingtao

Writing very much on the wall here. Yan tries to open the pack of the last three reds but does not get lucky and Ding mops up to take the seventh frame. There have been some moments from Yan though, such as this precision pot.

16:05 - Ding Junhui 4-2 Yan Bingtao

A big break for Yan - well, I say big, he missed the chance of a century by missing the brown of its spot but he has made 95 and made a bit more of a match of it.

15:45 - Ding Junhui 4-1 Yan Bingtao

Normal service resumed in the first semi-final - remember it's Stephen Maguire against Mark Allen later - as Ding scraps out another frame and restores his three-frame lead. Yan is not making it easy with his canny safety play and 30 seconds per shot, but the lack of heavy scoring means his opponent does not need to be in top form.

15:15 - Ding Junhui 3-1 Yan Bingtao

At last - Yan has a frame. Still no big break but we shouldn't be that surprised, but he is back within two now.

14:45 - Ding Junhui 3-0 Yan Bingtao

It's one-way traffic at the moment! Ding makes 40 and 60 to take a commanding lead - Yan can't get into it at the moment.

It's not all been plain sailing though...

14:15 - Ding Junhui 2-0 Yan Bingtao

Action warming up here in York as Yan Bingtao gets a chance to level the match but leaves Ding a red that he needs no second invitation to snaffle, making 85 to take a two-frame lead.

13:45 - Ding Junhui 1-0 Yan Bingtao

Ding makes a break of 68 to win the first frame.

13:30 - Hello!

Semi-final day is upon us at the Barbican in York, with Ding Junhui facing off against Yan Bingtao for a place in the final.

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