Judd Trump was eventually a comfortable 13-7 winner against Marco Fu and will face Shaun Murphy in the World Championship's last eight.
Mark Selby staggered to a dismal Crucible defeat as his dream of completing snooker's 'triple crown' was ended by Barry Hawkins' fine comeback.
Judd Trump rode his luck versus Marco Fu to take a two-frame lead into the final session of their second-round clash at the World Championship.
Ronnie O'Sullivan threatened to race away from Ali Carter in their second-round Crucible clash but had to settle for a slender overnight lead.
Ronnie O'Sullivan returns to the Crucible on Saturday after a week in which many pretenders to his crown have fallen at the first hurdle.
Shaun Murphy resisted an electrified fightback from Graeme Dott to win a Crucible thriller that crackled with tension.
Dechawat Poomjaeng toned down the comedy but to no avail as the eccentric Thai showman waved farewell to the World Championship.
Reanne Evans has won more world titles than Stephen Hendry and the queen of the women's game now wants a shot at Crucible glory.
Graeme Dott gave an electrifying performance to level his heavyweight last-16 clash with Shaun Murphy at the Betfair World Championship.
On a night of comedy and high farce at the Crucible, the joke was on Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng.
Stuart Bingham powered into the last 16 of the Betfair World Championship with a 10-2 win over Sam Baird on Thursday.
Shaun Murphy began his second-round clash with Graeme Dott in fearsome form to deal a fresh blow to fading Scottish hopes of Crucible glory.