Kettering’s Wilson stars in Shanghai

Kettering's Kyren Wilson has reached the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters
Kettering's Kyren Wilson has reached the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters

Kettering snooker star Kyren Wilson has reached the last 16 of the Bank of Communications Shanghai Masters after picking up the biggest win of his professional career so far.

The 21-year-old produced a fine display in his first appearance at the final stages of a ranking event as he beat world number eight Stuart Bingham 5-1.

Wilson, who os playing his second season on the pro tour, was also on for a maximum 147 in the fourth frame having taken a 3-0 lead. But he missed the black with two reds left and he break standing at 97.

Bingham pulled a frame back but Wilson took control of the sixth and a break of 54 sealed his success.

Wilson, who is ranked at 100 in the world, said: “Stuart didn’t play as well as usual and let me off quite a few times.

“I did what I had to do and stole a lot of frames. It’s my first ranking event so I’m pleased with my performance.

“It’s a massive win and I’ll always remember it. The fans here in Shanghai are unbelievable and the red carpet walk on Sunday was fantastic.

“Hopefully I can go on and do better.”

Wilson now goes on to play Marco Fu in the last 16 and the Kettering youngster added: “Marco recently won the Australian Open so I know he’s playing well,

“But Stuart is a very good player and I have beaten him 5-1 even though I was the underdog. I’m just looking forward to the next match now.”