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Steve Davis could face his son Greg

Davis Junior joins the cue as Greg faces prospect of taking on famous dad

Steve Davis could soon be facing his son Greg on the main tour.

The 20-year-old has entered May’s Qualifying School in Sheffield, a stone’s throw from where his dad — still world No 42 — won six world titles at the Crucible.

Like father, like son: Steve Davis could take on Greg in the future

Like father, like son: Steve Davis could take on Greg in the future

Davis Jnr said: ‘My dad and I have been speaking about my future and agreed I should give snooker a real go.

‘I’ve treated it like a hobby in the past but now I will take it more seriously.

‘I’ve been practising hard and playing in some pro-am events. Next season I’m going to play in all of the PTC events.’

Ding Junhui beats Shaun Murphy in Welsh Open

Ding races into Welsh Open final after putting Murphy to the sword

Ding Junhui impressed in beating Shaun Murphy in the opening semi-final of the 888 Welsh Open in Newport.

The 24-year-old from China secured a 6-2 victory over the former world champion to reach his first ranking event final of the season. He will tackle either Ronnie O'Sullivan or Mark Selby, who contest the second semi-final on Sunday night.

Ding has endured a disappointing campaign, suffering frequent first-round defeats and failing to reproduce the form which took him to the Crucible semi-finals last year.

Final fling: Ding Junhui beat Shaun Murphy to reach the Welsh Open final

Final fling: Ding Junhui beat Shaun Murphy to reach the Welsh Open final

But in Wales this week he has raised his performance, although he had more than a little luck yesterday when quarter-final opponent Stephen Lee looked like winning a deciding frame, only for a ringing mobile phone to distract him during a key shot on the green.

Lee missed, Ding took advantage, and against Murphy today he was dominant.

Ding took a scrappy opening frame, before a break of 126 from Murphy made it 1-1.

Sprightly runs of 91 and 71 from Ding gave him a two-frame cushion by the interval, making it critical for Murphy that he should go no further behind.

Duly the Englishman made a break of 90 to take the next frame, but it would be his last.

Ding pulled 4-2 clear with an 86, and a 75 took him to the brink of victory.

Murphy was having just as many scoring opportunities as his opponent, but he was proving far less efficient than Ding in converting the chances into frame-winning breaks.

Both men had several openings in the eighth frame, but errors flowed. Murphy should have narrowed the gap yet after opening up a 37-point lead at 52-15 he missed a red which should have been routine.

Ding, the former UK and Masters champion, then had a chance to clinch victory in one visit but spurned it.

There was no cause for alarm though. Thanks to a poor safety from Murphy he was soon back at the table, and soon wrapping up his win.

Ding took the final red and added the black before sweeping up all the colours.

Snooker: Mark Allen beats Ricky Walden to reach UK Championship final

Allen comes from behind to beat Walden and set up UK final showdown with Trump

Mark Allen turned on the style on Saturday night to beat Ricky Walden 9-7 and clinch his place in Sunday”s UK Championship final against Judd Trump in York.

The 25-year-old will now hope to end a week that started so controversially with the most significant victory of his career.

Surveying a shot: Mark Allen won his semi-final against Judd Trump

Surveying a shot: Mark Allen won his semi-final against Judd Trump

Allen fell 5-3 behind going into the evening session, but took control from there, winning four successive frames to lead 7-5.

Waldenheld on, but when he narrowly missed an attempted plant in the 16th frame, Allen held his nerve to make a fine 70 and seal victory.

Snooker fans could well be in for a classic, with Allen and Trump two of the game”s most exciting young talents.

Allen is looking for his first ranking title, while world finalist Trump will be hoping to go one step further than he did at the Crucible back in May.

A victory over Trump will bring a successful end to the most dramatic of weeks for Allen. He caused a storm after hitting out at World Snooker chairmanBarry Hearn after the earlier rounds of this event were cut from 17 frames to 11.

He accused Hearn of being in the game “justthere to make money for himself” and suggested he should quit. Hearn hit back, saying he was “far too busy to worry about silly little boys making silly little comments”.

Allen will soon sit in front of the game”s disciplinary panel, after he was charged with using inappropriate language during his outburst.

The prospect of Hearn handing the winner”s cheque to Allen at the Barbican remains a tantalising one.

In the final: Northern Ireland

In the final: Northern Ireland”s Mark Allen is looking good in York

Allen looked decidedly out of sorts in the first session, and even though he took a 3-1 lead, two centuries from Walden helped the 2008 Shanghai Masters winner to move 5-3 ahead.

Allen was clearly full of determination when he returned to the arena for the final session. He soon squared the match at 5-5, before a pivotal 11th frame. Allen initially broke down on 35, and Walden replied with 60 before missing a frame-ball brown. Allen took full advantage, clearing the colours to steal a crucial frame.

A break of 64 in the next frame extended his lead to two going to the mid-session interval, before a break of 52 from Walden saw him finally get off the mark for the evening.

Allen won the next frame to move within one of victory, and even though Walden claimed the next, it wasn”t long before the Ulsterman was celebrating a fine win.