Back under way
The players return to the arena and Ford breaks off for the final session of this year’s tournament.
As well as the top prize of £175,000, victory will see one of these players claim the first ranking title of their careers.
Whoever prevails will also snap up the last remaining spot in next week’s Champion of Champions.
Hello again everyone and thank you for re-joining us ahead of the climax to this year’s International Championship.
Maximum man Zhang Anda is 5-4 to the good against Tom Ford. The first to 10 frames will be crowned the champion.
‘Take a bow!’ – Zhang fires magnificent 147 in first session
Zhang Anda leads Tom Ford 5-4 after a close first session of the International Championship final and enjoyed a special moment in front of his home crowd when he knocked in a sensational 147 break.
After conceding the opening frame, Zhang fought back to level the tie before meticulously clearing the table with a maximum break to take the lead.
Zhang headed for the interval in control after a ninth-frame century gave him the lead to take into Sunday’s second session, but it was a sensational third frame that stole the show.
“Take a bow, Zhang Anda!” Eurosport commentator Alan McManus said when the 31-year-old concluded his stunning clearance. “A magnificent 147 maximum break!”
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