Victory for the Scot comes almost three years to the day since his last ranking success.
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The pair enjoy a long history of facing each other with silverware on the line.
The pair will play in a ranking event final for the first time in more than 15 years.
The players are halfway towards pocketing the £125,000 top prize.
The seven-time world champion will return after a nine-year hiatus next week.
The number sixteen has already been whittled down to eight in the race for the £125,000 cheque.
The Englishman only just reached the final of the previous event on Sunday.
The former world champion is through a tough opening test in this week’s ranking event.
The best 16 players from this season will be in action.