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Mark Selby avoids Ronnie O'Sullivan fist bump with 'rock, paper, scissors'

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The pair had exchanged a humorous 'rock, paper, scissors' greeting ahead of the quarter-final.
PA | 1mo

Mark Selby dodged a fist bump with Ronnie O'Sullivan before edging out his rival to secure a place in the semi-finals of the 19.com Scottish Open in Glasgow.

The pair had exchanged a humorous 'rock, paper, scissors' greeting before Friday's quarter-final.

The sporting gesture followed on from O'Sullivan's fist bump, rather than a traditional handshake, with James Cahill and the referee ahead of their second-round contest because he was "a bit OCD with germs".

There was, though, no shortage of clinical action on the table, as both players chalked up centuries during the opening four frames, which were shared.

O'Sullivan then pushed in front with a 111 clearance, but Selby mounted a recovery to force a decider, which he clinched with a break of 63.

"Every time I play Ronnie, I always see myself as the underdog, irrelevant of what I have won in the game," three-time world champion Selby told Eurosport.

"I think that is the same for everyone else. In my eyes, he is the best player to have played the game.

"I am not sure about his fist bumps and all that, but as far as on the table, he is a great, great player."

Afterwards, O'Sullivan paid tribute to Selby's resilience.

"Mark played well, he played good stuff, good safety and a brilliant break at the end under pressure. That's what champions are made of," O'Sullivan said.

"I'm happy with my performance this week. Mark's a brilliant match player. I think I've done alright, I'm happy to be able to compete."

Mark Allen was less than impressed by the tournament scheduling (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Earlier on Friday, defending champion Mark Allen saw off Scott Donaldson 5-1, having returned to the table following his late-night victory over Chris Wakelin.

"The schedule this week has been disgraceful when it comes to my matches," the Northern Irishman said.

"Being defending champ, I knew I'd start off on Monday. Then I was 10am Wednesday, 10am Thursday, then last on at night and then first on Friday.

"Some very strange decisions, but no one wants to take the blame for it."

Friday's late matches saw world number one Judd Trump suffer an unexpected 5-2 defeat against David Gilbert, who produced a 142 clearance in the sixth frame.

Jack Lisowski defeated Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-3 to book a semi-final against Allen.

The world number 14 had made the tournament's highest break of 143 in the third frame.

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1Liverpool23221054153967
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
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8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2365122738-1123
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2445152447-2317
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