WORCESTERSHIRE snooker ace Dave Finbow today bids to reach his first major semi-final in 10 years on the professional circuit.

The Alfrick-based player, now ranked 39 in the world, has won his way through to the quarter-finals of the Thailand Masters in Bangkok following two impressive wins.

He is due to face former world champion John Higgins later today.

Finbow began the tournament with a 5-3 first-round victory over Alan McManus, and then defeated Anthony Hamilton 5-1 in round two, which featured a break of 131 -- the highest of the tournament so far.

UK champion Higgins, the world number two, has constructed eight half-century breaks and dropped only a couple of frames in his opening two outings.

Finbow, though, will be no push-over in the first ever meeting between the two players.

The winner will face a semi-final clash against seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry or Matthew Stevens, who also meet today.