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Kyren Wilson And Anthony McGill Play Out Incredible Deciding Frame

Kyren Wilson And Anthony McGill Play Out Incredible Deciding Frame

The World Snooker Championship semi-final was decided in a back and forth deciding frame that included multiple foul shots.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan Sidle

Kyren Wilson beat Anthony McGill in probably the greatest deciding frame of snooker since the 1985 World Championships, as the Englishman made it through to his first World final.

The two men were level at 16-16, after Wilson had levelled up with his opponent just one frame from the final, setting up a decider.

That final frame will go down in history as McGill had to give up 43 points getting out of a snooker, and failing on nine occasions, only for Wilson to go in-off on his next shot after the Scot's series of fouls.

A fluked green from Wilson took him within reach of the final and left his opponent needing a snooker of his own, but the leader's emotions from a close game took over and he needed to compose himself in the middle of the frame.

After 62 minutes of play, and a litany of foul shots and flukes, the number eight seed won the final frame 103-83 to book his place in Saturday's final.

Following the win he was interviewed in the Eurosport studio and he continued to fight with his emotions, after what must have been a draining match.

BBC commentator, and seven time world champion, Stephen Hendry described the frame as, "The most bizarre end to a World Championship match I've seen."

And John Parrott added, "I have never in 44 years seen a game of snooker like that. It was unbelievable. I thought I was watching a basketball match."

Wilson and McGill shared a handshake and a long conversation at the conclusion of their epic semi-final, something that isn't allowed under the Covid-19 restrictions.

Asked by Metro sport journalist Phil Haigh about the possibility of getting fined for the handshake, Wilson said, "I think sometimes in life you have to look at the occasion and turn a blind eye. I'll happily pay the fine. I think we both deserved each other's respect at that moment."

Even early on in the final frame the 28-year-old was showing that he was feeling the pressure, as he missed a simple pot into the middle pocket.

The final will be played over Saturday and Sunday, best of 35 frames, with fans allowed in the Crucible theatre after the government allowed the match to be part of the test events for sport to have spectators.

Day one of the tournament was played under similar conditions but the government's trial ended abruptly because of a rise in cases of Coronavirus.

Wilson will either play Mark Selby or Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final, with the legendary O'Sullivan capturing the headlines in this year's tournament after saying he'd have to lose an arm and a leg to finish outside the top 50.

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Topics: Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker