Yesterday, at the UK Snooker Championship at the York Barbican, Mark Allen pulled off an impressive 6-3 win over Kyren Wilson to make the competition’s quarter-final stage where he will face Sam Craigie.
In a strong performance, ‘The Pistol’ continued his recent fine form and after a mixed start, he went on to dominate the latter stages where he won six of the last seven frames.
The former two-time finalist is looking to win the competition for the first time and despite starting slow in a number of matches so far, he keeps turning things around and coming out on top. He certainly has a chance of coming away with the trophy this time.
Despite Allen’s impressive performance, it was Wilson who stole many of the headlines last night after potting an outrageous black in the ninth frame.
He was 5-3 down at the time and desperately needed some luck to get back into the match, and boy did he get it.
Kyren Wilson’s fluke pot at UK Snooker Championship
What looked like a relatively straightforward black was turned into a pub style pool trick shot by Wilson as he potted the black into a completely different pocket to the one he was aiming for.
Up 17-0 at the time in the frame, Wilson powered the black towards the bottom right corner pocket, but narrowly misjudged his angles, sending the black bouncing and spinning back out of the pocket.
Video: Wilson’s fluke pot on the black
Well you don’t see that very often! 😲 pic.twitter.com/Osjr3VzUfR— SnookerInfo (@SnookerInfo147) November 16, 2022
However, instead of the ball spinning back out into the middle, it bounced onto the rim of the table and rolled along the rim until it dropped perfectly into the middle right pocket from above.
It was a truly ridiculous shot akin to the sort of thing you see on YouTube trick shot videos with one commentator saying: “That’s one for the showreel.”
A rather wry smile from Wilson showed it clearly wasn’t planned and as the cameras panned to Allen it was clear the Northern Irishman wasn’t amused by this stroke of luck for his opponent.
This unhappiness wouldn’t last long for Allen, though, as Wilson would then play a wild shot into a group of reds that allowed the former back to the table, and after a bit of back and forth, he eventually took the frame and the match.
Although not the result Wilson would have wanted, he has certainly come away from the tournament with another video for his personal highlights.
This is likely a shot we will be seeing for a long time and one that is near impossible to recreate.
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