Kettering’s Wilson defeats the great O’Sullivan to seal quarter-final spot

Kettering snooker star Kyren Wilson defeated the great Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last 16 of the Northern Ireland Open

Kettering snooker star Kyren Wilson defeated the great Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last 16 of the Northern Ireland Open

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Kettering snooker ace Kyren Wilson claimed one of the best wins of his career as he beat the great Ronnie O’Sullivan to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Northern Ireland Open.

In his second match of the day in Belfast, Wilson opened up a 3-0 lead on the five-time world champion as he knocked in a break of 63 in the third frame.

But ‘The Rocket’ stormed back in emphatic style as he produced three century breaks (108, 117 and 126) in a row to level the match and send it into a final frame decider.

However, Wilson held his nerve with a break of 70 to secure a famous win in the match of the tournament so far.

The 24-year-old, who is ranked number 15 in the world, will now face two-time world champion Mark Williams in the last eight at the Titanic Exhibition Centre tomorrow (Friday) after he beat John Higgins 4-1 in the last 16.

Earlier in the day, Wilson booked his clash with O’Sullivan thanks to a 4-2 success over Akani Songsermsawad.

Songsermsawad took the opening frame thanks to break of 77 but a visit of 83 for the Kettering man levelled things up.

Songsermsawad regained the lead but Wilson reeled off three frames in a row to secure the victory with successive breaks of 55, 53 and 61.

Wilson started the week with a 4-2 victory over Hammad Miah before defeating Jordan Brown by the same scoreline in the second round on Wednesday.