Match Report

2024 World Snooker Championship: David Gilbert Clinches Second Ever Crucible Semi-final

David Gilbert dominates early, secures with a commanding victory over Stephen Maguire.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-05-01

Naim Rosinski

3 minutes read

Early Session Blitz by Gilbert

In an unlikely clash of the underdogs, David Gilbert faced off against Stephen Maguire in the quarterfinals of the 2024 World Snooker Championship. Gilbert, who caused a stir by eliminating reigning champion Luca Brecel, took on Maguire, who had taken out two respected seeds, Ali Carter and Shaun Murphy, in previous rounds.

Gilbert dominated the first session, surging to a commanding 7-1 lead over Maguire. His emphatic performance was punctuated by impressive breaks, including scores of 130, 110, and 83, leaving Maguire with an uphill battle to fight.

Maguire's Resurgence in the Second Session

Maguire began to find his footing in the second session, clawing back five of the next eight frames. Despite Gilbert's early lead, Maguire's resilience narrowed the gap, heading into the third and final session trailing 10-6.

Mid-Match Momentum Shifts

As the match resumed on Wednesday afternoon, Maguire continued his comeback, winning a scrappy frame to bring the score line within three frames. However, Gilbert remained steadfast, securing a crucial frame to maintain his lead at 11-7.

The following frames showcased the skill and determination of both players, with each seizing opportunities to demonstrate their prowess on the table. Maguire showcased his talent with a 92-point break, but Gilbert responded with a 79-pointer, inching closer to victory and leading 12-8 heading into the mid-session interval.


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Maguire's Missed Opportunities

In the 21st frame, Maguire had multiple chances to gain control, but a series of missed shots led to his decision to concede the game, ultimately granting Gilbert a 13-8 victory and a spot in the semi-finals.

Gilbert's Path to the Semi-finals

With this victory, Gilbert secures his second-ever Crucible semi-final appearance, repeating a feat he achieved in 2019. He now awaits the winner of the match between John Higgins and Kyren Wilson, as he prepares to take on the one-table setup at the iconic Sheffield venue in pursuit of World Snooker Championship glory.

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