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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 April, 2003, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Bond fights back
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at the Crucible

Alan McManus
Alan McManus saw his lead cut to just three frames
Nigel Bond kept his hopes alive against Alan McManus as he hung on to trail 9-6 before the session ran out of time.

Bond won the final three frames of the session in a battling display but the match contained little excitement.

Breaks of 57, 117 and 65 kept the qualifier in a game he looked certain to lose heavily after McManus moved into a 9-3 advantage.

After over six hours of turgid snooker, the players will return on Tuesday to finally end their marathon contest.

First-round latest: Alan McManus (Sco) 9-6 Nigel Bond (Eng)
56-52, 0-72, 72-38, 67-14, 64-60 (59 Bond), 62-52, 56-48, 47-80 40-67 85-0 77-38 (70) 61-10 15-74 (57) 0-126 (117) 32-79

Match concludes on Tuesday at some time after 2100BST




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