sport news Veterans John Higgins and Mark Williams march into World Championship ...

Snooker's Class of 92 is alive and kicking after John Higgins and Mark Williams reached the World Championship semi-finals.

Higgins, 42, held his nerve to win a late night Crucible thriller against Judd 13-12, with a gripping deciding frame deciding a topsy-turvy contest.

In a repeat of the 2011 final, which also lost in heartbreaking , the Bristolian pushed Higgins all the way, but the Scot's famed iron will and unerring accuracy saw him over the line.

John Higgins needed all of his iron will to hold off Judd Trump on Wednesday night

John Higgins needed all of his iron will to hold off Judd on Wednesday night

'I barely missed a ball all evening,' a stunned said. 

'We just seem to be playing classics all the time,' Higgins added. 'He must hate the sight of me.' Both players played down the significance of 's fist pump when he went into the mid-session interval at 11-10 up.

'Yeah, it fired him up. It was that fist pump which made me lose,' said sarcastically.

Higgins added: 'I never took anything personal from it.'

Higgins reached the World Championship semi-finals with a 13-12 victory over Trump

Higgins reached the World Championship semi-finals with a 13-12 victory over

Trump was left devastated after the defeat, as he claimed: 'I barely missed a ball all evening'

was left devastated after the defeat, as he claimed: 'I barely missed a ball all evening'

As four-time champion Higgins prepares for his eighth Crucible semi-final, he will meet Kyren Wilson, a debutant in the last four in Sheffield after a 13-6 victory over Mark Allen.

Wilson, who lost the Masters final to Allen in January, said: 'I could feel that Mark was maybe struggling a bit towards the end of last night. Every little mistake

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