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Andy Thomson, the defending champion from England, survived a 54-end marathon, the longest in the history of the World Indoor Championship, to move through to tomorrow's singles final at Preston after edging out Tony Allcock 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 7-4.

CHURCHILL INSURANCE WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Preston): Singles semi- finals: A Thomson (Eng) bt A Allcock (Eng) 5-7 7-6 6-7 7-5 7-4; R Corsie (Sco) bt M King (Eng) 7-2 7-6 7-3. Pairs semi-finals: R Corsie and A Marshall (Sco) bt C Curtis and I Schuback (Aus) 7-4 7-2 7-2; D Bryant and T Allcock (Eng) bt G Smith and A Thomson (Eng) 5-7 7- 6 7-6 7-3.