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Ditton's Barry Hawkins beats Mark Allen 13-11 to reach quarter-final of the World Snooker Championship

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Barry Hawkins says his game needs to improve if he is to stay in contention for the Welsh Open Picture: World Snooker
Barry Hawkins says his game needs to improve if he is to stay in contention for the Welsh Open Picture: World Snooker

Barry Hawkins insists the pressure-cooker environment of the Crucible Theatre brings out the best in himafter holding his nerve to book his place in the World Snooker Championship quarter-finals on Saturday.

In a back-and-forth match against Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen, the Englishman eventually reeled off the final five frames to triumph 13-11.

At 11-8 behind, things looked bleak for Hawkins but he once again demonstrated his steely resolve to come through, with his majestic 102 break in frame 23 the highlight.

That sealed a last-eight clash with either Neil Robertson or Ali Carter and, after reaching the final and semi-final for the past two years, the 36-year-old claims the magic of the Crucible always inspires him.

“I enjoy the atmosphere, there’s more pressure and it seems to focus me a bit more,” explained Hawkins. “That’s the only thing I can put my success down to but long may it continue.

“Other tournaments don’t even come close to this – the pressure and prestige that comes with it means you have to have a clear mind out there to perform.”

Meanwhile Ronnie O’Sullivan leads Matthew Stevens 5-3 after their first session despite losing his cool and smacking the table with his cue early in the session.

That show of frustration came when O’Sullivan was 2-0 behind but he went on to win five of the next six frames to leave him in a strong position ahead of Sunday’s 2.30pm resumption.

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