And capitalise he does, as the Chinese Sensation takes the required third frame to go through with an impressive break of 78. Inconsistent form from Michie proved his undoing.
Jun Hui D.-Michie J.
World Open - 21 September 2010
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Poor miss from Michie on a routine red to the left-centre pocket. Ding is making the most of his opponent's error, showing his experience as he now leads 51-3.
What a difference a top shot makes. Michie's confidence is up and he takes on a long red to the top-left pocket with the white near the bottom cushion. Bang! In it goes, easy as you like.
Well played, sir. Michie was really struggling for form earlier in the match but he shows some tremendous character to take the third frame.
Shot of the tournament there from Michie? The black is over the top-left pocket and the last two reds are close to the left and right cushions respectively further down the table. Using the rest, the Essex man gets enough screw-back to make it onto the red to the right. Top stuff.
Michie is certainly taking his time over his shots here. Over a minute and a half shot-thinking time on this latest one.
This is a crucial time for Michie. He leads 33-12, with seven reds still on the table. The black is up the table but now the pink is in play after a clever safety from Ding. Should Michie make a mistake, Ding could clear up.
Ding firing in century breaks aren't going to make it any easier for Michie. A break of 109, with the pink eventually dropping in after a wobble on the jaws, makes Michie's task doubly hard.
Michie hasn't shown any decent form so far, making far too many mistakes. Ding is playing with more consistency without being spectacular, but at this rate he should coast to victory.
Michie was 47 behind with 43 left available and it proved too much for the Essex man. Ding takes the opener.
Decent break from Ding of 58. He leads 64-10 with Michie at the table.
Honourable play from Ding there. The Chinese fouls, but nobody sees it, including the referee. Still, he is honest enough to admit his error, and allows Michie to come to the table. Good to see.
Next up it's Ding Jun Hui taking on funnyman Jimmy Michie.