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Barry Hawkins 7-2 up against Tom Ford in bid to make last 16 of World Championships

PUBLISHED: 09:28 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 20 April 2017

Barry Hawkins on day five of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Barry Hawkins on day five of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

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The Ditton potter needs just three more frames when the match resumes this evening

Kent’s Barry Hawkins is perfectly set to reach the last 16 of the Betfred World Championships.

The Ditton potter is 7-2 up against qualifier Tom Ford and needs just three more frames when the match resumes on Thursday evening to progress.

A break of 132 in frame seven was the highlight for the seventh seed who has reached at least the quarter-finals in Sheffield in each of the last four years.

After the tight early exchanges where he fell to a 2-1 deficit, Hawkins struck three half centuries and a century to win six frames on the bounce.

Progression looks a near certainty now with the 2013 runner-up due to face Graeme Dott in the second round after the Scottish potter’s 10-7 win over Ali Carter.

Dott has reached three finals at the Crucible and admitted that there’s something special about the venue that seems to bring out the best in him.

“My season can be absolute garbage but I come here and feel like a snooker player. I have no idea what it is,” Dott explained.

“Touchwood I generally play well here because I’m comfortable, I think that’s the main thing, you’ve got to be comfortable, even when Ali came back at 8-7 I was still comfortable which surprised me.”

Watch the Snooker World Championship Live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, with Colin Murray and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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