By Chris Bailey, Sportsbeat
STROUD-BASED Dominic Dale is within sight of the finishing post in his World Snooker Championship last-16 clash against Michael Wasley after another dominant display in their second session.
Dale is aiming for his first quarter-final appearance at the Crucible since 2000 and needs just one more frame to play last year’s finalist Barry Hawkins after swooping to a 12-4 advantage.
After winning seven of eight frames to begin with on Saturday, Dale picked up where he left off the next afternoon by chipping away to take the opener.
And he was well on his way in the next frame on a break of 49 but fouled on the blue to give Wasley a sighter – and he made no mistake to rattle in 66.
A series of brief visits to the table next time out were ended emphatically with an effort of 78 for Dale and Wasley then let a nervy encounter slip to fall further behind.
The world No.73 however did get another frame on board in a similarly loose outing from both players before Dale swept to an 89 break to close in on victory.
Wasley ensured the game would go to a third session with a stunning hit of 108 – but Dale wrapped up the closing frame to leave himself a simple task in the final session.
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