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Tuesday 21 February 2017

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

Published 20/11/2016 | 07:41

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.

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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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