Selby retains the collection alive
Mark Selby beat Ken Doherty 4-2 in the hope of winning the £ 150,000 streak bonus at the BetVictor Gibraltar Open.
Only three-time world champion Selby and world champion Judd Trump remain in the running to top the BetVictor European Series rating. The bumper payout will be awarded to the player who collected the most prize money in the eligible events.
The two players are on a collision course to meet in the semifinals if both win their next three games. Selby must reach the finals to take home the bonus. With any other result, Trump would take the lead. If they met in the last four, the winner would be guaranteed to leave with at least £ 170,000 and the loser would go home with £ 6,000.
Selby was 2-0 back in the early afternoon in 1997 against Crucible King Doherty from 1997. However, he returned to parity before firing on consecutive century runs of 130 and 124 to claim victory. He's now facing Chris Wakelin for the last 32.
Selby said, “In a way, I hope we both get to the semi-finals and it comes to that. At least we did well and if I win I get it and if he wins he gets it. If either of us loses before then, it's a bit of a shame. It would be good if it made it to the semi-finals, but there is still a lot to do before then.
“My game feels really good in patches. It is just trying to find the consistency that I had at the start of the season. I feel like if I get chances I'll score a goal, which you have to do with the standard now as he is. I just have to keep working hard and see what happens. "
Trump stayed on track with a 4-1 loss to Sunny Akani. He took two breaks from 124 on the road to victory and will next face either Liang Wenbo or Robert Milkins.
The Ace in the Pack took pole position in the BetVictor European Series by winning the BetVictor German Masters in January.
The 15-year-old Ukrainian Iulian Boiko won his first game as a professional with a 4-3 defeat against Fergal O’Brien. Boiko earned a spot on the World Snooker Tour when he reached the final of the WSF Open in Malta last year. He plays Mark Allen for the last 64.
Former Masters Champion Allen whitewashed Jamie Curtis-Barrett 4-0, while Matthew Selt lost 4-3 to Barry Hawkins.
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