MICHAEL Wasley’s dream run at the Crucible is all but over as Dominic Dale needs just one more frame for victory in their second round tie at the World Snooker Championship.
Wasley stunned the snooker world by clinching a 19-frame epic against Chinese world No.2 Ding Junhui last week as he made his debut in the famous theatre in Sheffield.
But he has always been behind against Stroud-based Dale, who is aiming for his first quarter-final appearance at the World Championship at the Crucible since 2000.
After winning first of the seven eight frames on Saturday, Dale picked up where he left off by chipping away to take the opener the next afternoon.
And he was well on his way in the next frame on a break of 49 but fouled on the blue to give Wasley a sighter – and he made no mistake to rattle in 66.
A series of brief visits to the table next time out were ended emphatically with an effort of 78 for Dale and Wasley then let a nervy encounter slip to fall further behind.
The world No.73 however did get another frame on board in a similarly loose outing from both players before Dale swept to an 89 break to close in on victory.
Wasley ensured the game would go to a third session with a stunning hit of 108 – but Dale wrapped up the closing frame to take a near-insurmountable 12-4 lead.
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