The two-time champion John Higgins leads the Chinese debutant Yan Bingtao 5: 3 after the first session of the Masters final

Yan started his first grand final at 66, but things got tough before Higgins scored 63 to make it 2-2

Scotland’s Higgins improved at 98 when he took three frames in a row Yan hit back with an excellent 97 clearance, but Higgins ’52 put him in the lead

The finals will end at 7:00 PM GMT The winner collects the trophy and 250 prize money£ 000

It is the first Masters final without a spectator The tournament will be played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes

Yan, 20, wants to be the youngest player to triumph since Ronnie O’Sullivan, who won in 1995 at the age of 19, while 45-year-old Higgins wants to be the oldest winner

Yan had often gotten out of hand, but should have leveled himself in the eighth frame – he dropped out at 36, allowing Higgins to open up an advantage of two frames

Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry said on BBC Two: “A 5-3 lead means Yan Bingtao is now on the hunt You don’t want that at the beginning of the second session “

Six-time world champion Steve Davis added, “John Higgins was assisted by Yan Bingtao. He was as naive at this session as he was during the entire tournament. He made John return to the table too easily

Yan Bingtao

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