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Australian Goldfields Open Day Five preview and order of play - Semi-Final spots up for grabs Down Under

Jamie Shaw 2 Jul 2015
Stephen Maguire of Scotland looks on (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The season's first world ranking event reaches its business end in Bendigo on Friday as the remaining eight stars aim to reach the penultimate stage of the competition.

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A finely-poised field features five ranking event winners, alongside three in-form qualifiers responsible for sending home a series of star names.

Judd Trump aims to take another step towards defending a major title for the first time in his career by overcoming world number 15 - Stephen Maguire - in the first of two sessions on day five. 

Young sensation Trump has produced a pair of emphatic performances en route to this stage, dropping just two frames in victories over Jack Lisowski and Ian Burns. 

The world number six appears to have picked up from where he left off at the back end of last season and remains the favourite to bring the trophy back to the UK this weekend. 

Maguire, though, will be encouraged by his superior head-to-head record over the left-hander, having won 12 of their 17 meetings in total.

The Scottish star had previously never been beyond the first round stage in Bendigo, but a whitewash of Joel Walker and a contrastingly close win over Ricky Walden mean he can be regarded as a serious title contender. 

Two of this week's giant-killers lock horns as former Championship League winner Martin Gould faces the much-improved Matthew Selt.

Londoner Gould often revels under short formats and has seen off Marco Fu and Michael Holt so far this week. He is bidding to reach only the third major ranking Semi-Final of his career 

Selt, meanwhile, has continued his love affair with this event by advancing to the last eight stage for the third time in as many appearances Down Under courtesy of wins over home hero Neil Robertson and Mark Joyce, both in last-frame deciders.

A mouth-watering all-Welsh clash sees young guns Michael White and world number 40 Jamie Jones lock horns for the first time in a world ranking tournament. 


Michael White of Wales plays a shot (Photo by ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Having already dispatched Mark Davis, Jones then stunned world number one Mark Selby with a 5-1 rout in round two and is aiming to break new ground by reaching his major Semi-Final. 

White is enjoying the most fruitful spell of his young career, and the Indian Open champion emphasised his battling qualities by edging out Ali Carter 5-4 on Thursday.

Four-time World Champion John Higgins steps up his pursuit of a 27th career ranking title when he faces the in-form Joe Perry. 

Welsh Open champion Higgins has enjoyed a welcome return to form in 2015 and has his sights firmly set on a maiden triumph Down Under after making light work of Michael Georgiou and Fergal O'Brien in the early rounds.

World number nine Perry is boasting his highest career ranking position and has underlined his recent consistency with another run to the latter stages of a major event.

The action gets underway at 4.00am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine frames from the Bendigo Stadium.

Australian Goldfields Open 2015 match schedule

All times BST (local time nine hours ahead)

Friday July 3

Quarter-Finals

4am
Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire (Match 27)
Martin Gould v Matthew Selt (Match 28)

10am
Jamie Jones v Michael White (Match 29)
Joe Perry v John Higgins (Match 30)


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