Perry leads O’Sullivan in World Championship

Jamie Burnett (left) and Joe Perry in their first round match during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 20, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire EMN-140424-092311002
Jamie Burnett (left) and Joe Perry in their first round match during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 20, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire EMN-140424-092311002
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Joe Perry from Chatteris sensationally leads defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan following the first session of their second-round match at the World Snooker Championship.

Perry was 5-3 up last night (Thursday) against a man aiming to become world champion for the third successive year in Sheffield. The first player to reach 13 frames reaches the quarter-finals.

O’Sullivan, a five-times title winner, was never ahead in the opening stages in the best-of-25 match. Perry won the first frame of the evening and at one point led 4-1.

The ‘Rocket’, looking for his sixth world crown, replied with a break of 116 and then reigning champion O’Sullivan pegged it back to 4-3 with a break of 75.

However Perry finished the day with a 99 break.

Perry will resume his match this afternoon (Friday) at 2pm.

Scores so far: Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 3-5 Joe Perry (Eng). 0-106, 97-0 (58), 0-63 (57), 0-87 (82), 36-70 (55), 129-0 (117), 111-24 (75), 0-99 (99).