STUART Bingham will resume his World Snooker Championship semi-final against Jak Jones today locked level at 4-4.

Basildon's Bingham raced into a 3-0 lead before Jones fought back to level things up.

Playing a single table set-up at the historic Crucible venue for the first time, Welshman Jones allowed some sloppy shots to creep in as Bingham followed up a solid first frame with a break of 94 in the second.

Jones then missed a pair of presentable reds at the middle pocket to slip further behind, before Bingham’s failure to put away the blue opened the door just before the interval.

Jones’ safety had been better than his potting but he took the chance to show some quality and was sufficiently buoyed to take the first two frames after the restart.

Bingham, a former world number two and winner over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the previous round, hit back to reclaim the lead with a clinical break in the seventh.

But an entertaining contest wound up all square as the pair traded half-chances in the last frame of the night, before Jones finally closed it out.

The best of 33 frame contest resume on Friday with everything to play for.