Snooker: Ding in pursuit of his fifth title

Ding Junhui took a 5-3 lead over Mark Selby in the afternoon session of the Welsh Open final in Newport yesterday.

Selby started brightly but was pegged back by Ding as he moved within four frames of securing the best-of-17 contest.

Selby had two century breaks in the first three frames to go 2-1 up. Ding missed a testing pink in the fourth but, although Selby dispatched the pink, he missed the black. From there on Ding took control and is the favourite to pick up a fifth ranking title and a £30,000 cheque.