Record-breaker Kyren wins the Championship League title

The Kettering snooker star produced stunning fightbacks against two former world champions to take the crown

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 10:34 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd April 2021, 10:36 pm
Kyren Wilson won the BetVictor Championship League title in Milton Keynes
Kyren Wilson won the BetVictor Championship League title in Milton Keynes

Kyren Wilson created a piece of history as he clinched the BetVictor Championship League title in Milton Keynes.

The Kettering snooker star fought back from 2-0 down in three matches in a row to seal the crown.

He won his final group match 3-2 against Zhou Yuelong and that earned him a semi-final clash with former world champion John Higgins.

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Once again, ‘The Warrior’ trailed 2-0 but hit back to win 3-2 to move into the final against another former world champion Mark Williams.

The Welshman raced into a 2-0 advantage but Wilson stormed back and when he made a break of 143 in the fourth frame, it was a record-breaking 23rd century break in the tournament for him - beating the previous mark of 22 set by Neil Robertson in 2014.

And Wilson went on to complete the fightback with a clearance of 93 in the deciding frame.

It made it double joy in the Championship League for Wilson after he also won the ranking version of the event last October.

The next stop for the Kettering star is the Crucible with the Betfred World Championship set to get under way on April 17.

Having sealed his win, Wilson said: “It’s the beauty of the best of fives. If you’re 4-0 down in the best of nine, you’re really up against it but 2-0 in the best of five - you are still in there fighting. You just have to stick in there.

“I just like the set up of the Championship League. It’s a good laugh back stage, Matchroom are quality and they feed us well!

“I see this as good preparation for the World Championship. We have got two weeks off but I would rather be doing this than practising at home.”

The win also secured Wilson a place at the Champion of Champions event.