Joe Perry pipped by Kyren Wilson in 19-frame World Championship thriller

Joe Perry was beaten 10-9 by Kyren Wilson in the first round of the World Championships in Sheffield

Joe Perry was beaten 10-9 by Kyren Wilson in the first round of the World Championships in Sheffield last night. - Credit: Archant

Chatteris cueman Joe Perry’s World Championship jinx continued last night after the 41-year-old was pipped 10-9 by rising star Kyren Wilson in a nineteen-frame thriller in the first round at the Crucible.

Perry, who hasn’t reached beyond the second round of the competition in Sheffield since 2008, trailed 5-4 after the tie’s first session on Wednesday, but fired back to take an 8-7 lead.

Wilson saw off some awkwardly-placed balls in a run of 58 to draw level, and then edged ahead thanks to another impressive break of 62.

In a frame that lasted nearly an hour, The Gentleman managed to find a way back into the match and force a deciding frame after potting the pink and black.

Perry embarked on a run of 24, before 24-year-old Wilson was allowed back to the table where he compiled 28.


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Wilson then potted a match-winning run of 32 after Perry knuckled an inside pocket to set up a last 16 clash with Mark Allen.

The Cambridgeshire potter was disappointed to exit the competition, and says he is looking forward to next year now that his season has reached its conclusion.

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Perry told World Snooker: “I was hoping to get a chance in the decider, I got one but I slightly over screwed on a black. It just wasn’t meant to be in the end. I was just chasing the game the whole time, I didn’t feel good.

“I was happy with the way I played, but I got frustrated and I didn’t get the run of the balls in the match. Little things were bothering me that normally don’t bother me, I just felt that every time something could go wrong it went wrong, I’m really gutted.

“I know how good a player and potter Kyren is – he played great, he potted some unbelievable balls. If he keeps potting the pressure balls and landing those long pots he can go far. He’s proved once again he has what it takes to get over the line.

“I’m glad the season is over, it’s been a real mixed bag for me. I’m looking forward to next year.”

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