Brilliant Wilson reaches Shootout semi-finals

Kettering's Kyren Wilson reached the semi-finals of the Snooker Shootout in Blackpool

Kettering's Kyren Wilson reached the semi-finals of the Snooker Shootout in Blackpool

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Kettering’s Kyren Wilson enjoyed a superb few days in Blackpool as he reached the semi-finals of the Snooker Shootout.

In his debut in the one-frame, timed format, the 23-year-old produced some sparkling displays as he beat Kurt Maflin (36-27) and then hit break of 71 to beat the legendary Jimmy White (71-1) to advance to the last 16.

Wilson then saw off Barry Hawkins to move into the quarter-finals where he was drawn alongside Michael Holt.

But the Kettering man, who proved a popular figure with the Circus Arena crowd, won that frame 71-0 to set up a semi-final with Wales’ Michael White.

However, Wilson’s brilliant few days in the north-west ended in the last four as he was beaten 76-53 by eventual champion White in a thrilling frame.

Wilson claimed a cool £8,000 in prize money for his terrific run in the competition, which was screened live on Sky Sports.