Liang sets up Ding showdown

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Liang in action in the game.

Liang Wenbo recorded a hard fought 10-7 defeat of Stuart Carrington to book a mouth-watering clash with compatriot Ding Junhui in the second round of the Betfred World Championship.

The win sees Liang progress past the opening match at the Crucible for the first time since 2008, when he made the quarter-finals. The Firecracker last faced his second round opponent Ding at the Sheffield venue in 2009, he suffered a 10-8 defeat.

Carrington came into this evening with a slender advantage. However, he secured his own piece of history in the opening session. He joined an elite club of five players to have made three consecutive centuries at the Crucible. The only others to have achieved the feat are John Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.

Liang won the opening two frames of this evening's concluding session to take the lead. There was then an extraordinary 12th frame which came down to the wire. The pair engaged in a black ball battle, which extended beyond 15 minutes. However, it was Carrington who eventually potted a steely long black to level at 6-6.

English Open Champion Liang then compiled a run of 71 to restore his lead and from that point the nerves set in for both players.

Carrington leveled and the match looked set to go the distance, Liang began to get the better of the increasingly fragmented frames.

Neither player managed to find the fluidity which was prevalent earlier on in the tie. However, Liang managed to take the following three frames to progress 10-7.

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