Gary Wilson defeated three-time World Champion Mark Selby, 5-4 to secure qualification from Group D at the SangSom Six Red World Championship in Thailand capital Bangkok.
Gary Wilson, who has never won a Six Red World Championship beat experienced snooker player Mark Selby, 5-4 in a grueling match to secure qualification from Group D at the SangSom Six Red World Championship in Bangkok.
Wilson, who is also ranked 19 in the world was not a favorite to progress but produced a stunning performance to see off Selby.
Selby got work to do to enable him to reach the last 16. Only two players in each group of four will progress. The Jester from Leicester will square up against Thailand’s Sunny Alamo in the last set of round-robin matches tomorrow, with the winner joining Wilson in the next round.
The 36-year-old English professional snooker player has been World Snooker Champion three times and is currently world number six in the rankings.
Today’s match was going back and forth, with neither player taking the lead by more than a single frame at any point — finally, Wilson, who top-scored with a break of 69, triumph with a 5-4 victory.
Thailand amateur Passakorn Suwannawat thrashed Anthony McGill 5-1 to secure his progress from group A. Defending Champion Kyren Wilson will earn the other last 16 places from that group after he won Mohammad Shehab 5-2.
Four-time World Champion John Higgins is through after he thrashed Riga Masters Champion Yan Bingtao 5-0 in a humiliating encounter. Yan will now square off with grassroots hero James Watts, with the winner securing a place in the last 16.
Three-time Crucible king Mark Williams defeated 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott 5-4 to secure his last 16 places. He will now meet Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh tomorrow, with whoever becomes the winner, progressing forward.