Ross Muir will have to play the snooker of his life to beat Ding

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Musselburgh’s Ross Muir will need to be at his very best today when he plays China’s Ding Junhui as he continues his bid to qualify for the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

Muir faces Ding at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in the second round of qualifying today after his 10-5 win over Sean O’Sullivan on Friday. Ding enjoyed a comfortable 10-4 victory over Greg Casey with breaks of 51, 89, 74, 99, 68, 98 and 56 to set-up a match with Muir. The world No.17 from China, winner of no fewer than 11 ranking events, finished one place outside of the top 16 this season, leaving him needing to qualify for the first time since 2007.

Locarno Snooker Club’s Scott Donaldson is also still in contention after recovering from being 6-4 down to defeat Joel Walker 10-6. He will now meet world No.21 Robert Milkins for a place in the final qualifying round.

However, Michael Leslie’s hopes of qualification were dashed by England’s Craig Steadman, losing the last six frames in a 10-3 defeat.