SHEFFIELD: Mark Selby saved his cool beneath stress as he made a century within the deciding body to edge Thai star Noppon Saengkham 13-12 in a pulsating second spherical battle of the 2020 World Championship on Friday.
The large match featured 5 centuries and 15 extra breaks over 50, and Noppon gave pretty much as good as he bought as he battled all the way in which. However ultimately it was three-time Crucible king Selby who produced his greatest on the key second.
The Englishman went via to fulfill Barry Hawkins or Neil Robertson within the quarter-finals; Selby’s first look within the final eight since he received the title in 2017.
World No.42 Noppon got here via the qualifying rounds after which scored a superb win over former Crucible champion Shaun Murphy within the final 32.
He got here so near preserving the run going and his solely remorse is likely to be a unfastened security within the deciding body which let his opponent in for the kill.
Selby and Noppon took turns to win frames of the concluding session and took the rating to 10-10 on the interval.
Selby dominated body 21 to edge forward, and got here from 48-Zero all the way down to take the 22nd with a 92 clearance to guide 12-10. Noppon battled again, taking the 23rd in fragments earlier than making an outstanding 90 for a 12-12 tie.
Within the decider, Noppon had two early possibilities however twice ran out of place. A short security change ended when Noppon let Selby in for a marvellous 124 that put him into the quarter-finals for the eighth time.
“I am actually proud to have made that break within the final body,” mentioned 37-year-old Selby. “It was a terrific match — that was in addition to I’ve performed shortly and I nonetheless simply scraped via. I’ve been examined and that might assist me later within the occasion.”
Noppon, 28, devoted his spectacular efficiency to the Thai followers, saying: “I did my greatest and it was made doable by the encouragement I obtained from my supporters again dwelling.”
He obtained £30,000 (about 1.2 million baht) for his efforts and can transfer up three locations to No.39 on this planet rankings.