Monday 16 October 2017

Mark King reaches first ranking event final for 12 years in Northern Ireland

Mark King could win his first ranking event after beating Kyren Wilson in the semi-finals
Mark King could win his first ranking event after beating Kyren Wilson in the semi-finals

Mark King will play in his first ranking event final in 12 years after a 6-2 win over Kyren Wilson in the last four of the Northern Ireland Open.

The 42-year-old, whose last appearance in a final came at the Irish Masters in 2004, stormed into a 4-0 lead at the mid-session interval after reeling off frame-winning breaks of 55 and 72.

A break of 71 saw King extend his lead further but Wilson fought back by making 90 and 72 before losing a scrappy eighth frame to fall at the last-four stage.

The Romford-based potter will face Barry Hawkins after the world number 14 overcame Anthony Hamilton in a 6-5 victory in the other semi-final.

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