Jimmy White was stunned by a remarkable comeback from David Lilley in the semi-finals of the UK Seniors Championship in Hull as Peter Lines took the title in Hull.
White, the 2017 winner of this competition, dropped the first frame as Lilley tonned up with a fine break of 109, but took the three that followed and appeared set to secure his place in the final as he found fluency around the baize.
The 59-year-old was among the balls in frame five and had his chance to seal victory, but Lilley pounced on an error to fire in a 96 and keep the match alive.
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And it proved the turning point, Lilley securing a dramatic 4-3 victory in a low-scoring deciding frame despite brushing the black with his waistcoat.
The match was a repeat of last year’s World Seniors Championship final, and the two players exchanged words regularly in a match containing apparent ill-feeling.
Lilley had also emerged triumphant on that occasion, winning his first ever professional tournament in Sheffield having held off White’s late charge.
However there was to be no repeat of that sort of performance in a deciding match as a wasteful Lilley slipped to a 4-1 defeat to Lines.
Both players scored in every frame, with Lilley taking a 1-0 lead and making the highest break of the match (60) in frame two.
However Lilley contrived to drop that second re-racking as Lines cleared the colours, and that was to prove the first of four successive frames that secured the 52-year-old his first UK Seniors Championship triumph.
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He adds the competition, held thrice previously since being established five years ago, to his 2017 World Seniors Championship victory.
Lines had earlier advanced into the final with a 4-2 win over Ken Doherty.
Doherty had ended the run of Stephen Hendry at the in a scratchy quarter-final late on Thursday night, and again struggled for consistent scoring.
Lines led 2-0 before Doherty was able to hit back and level, but a final break of 51, the only half-century of the match, ensured that Lines would progress.
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Source: Euro Sports