UPDATE: Perry exits Snooker World Championship after final-frame defeat to Stephen Hendry

BRAVE Fen Potter Joe Perry has this afternoon crashed out of the World Snooker Championship after losing a nervy final-frame decider to Stephen Hendry.

Trailing 6-3 after yesterday’s session, the Chatteris ace launched a stirring fightback to level the score at 9-9 and take the tie into its 19th frame.

Seven-time world champion Hendry appeared to have secured his place in the second round after racing into a 53-0 lead.

But Perry, ranked 30th in the world, almost overturned the Scot’s lead. The 36-year-old was four balls away from victory, when a missed brown let Hendry back in to clear up and book his place in the next round at the Crucible, in Sheffield.