UK Championships: Gary Wilson makes history in victory over Chris Wakelin
Wallsend’s Gary Wilson became fourth player in history to make four centuries in consecutive frames in his 6-4 win against Chris Wakelin in the second round of the Snooker UK Championships.
Wilson was trailing 4-0 at the mid-session interval, and an upset was on the on the cards in York before he hit a run of form.
The World Championship semi-finalist hit breaks of 67 and 97 to bring two frames back, before hitting four tons on the spin.
The 34-year-old hit breaks of 134, 114,100 and 124, to set up his last 32 tie with Joe Perry on Tuesday evening.
Wilson said: “At the interval I stayed calm because I don’t think I played too badly.”
There have only ever been three players to make consecutive tons, and Wilson finds himself amongst legendary status with John Higgins, Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson also achieving the same fate.
Higgins done so in the final of the 2005 Grand Prix, managing to score 494 points without reply adding to his 9-2 thrashing over Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Murphy was next to manage it when he thrashed Jamie Cope 5-0 in the 2007 Welsh Open – making breaks of 135, 123, 102 and 101.
Robertson achieved this fate at the 2013 Ruhr Open, brushing aside Ahmed Saif 4-0 as he failed to score a single point against the Aussie.
Wilson’s hopes of a Masters debut remain intact – meaning he needs to reach the final in York to make it to the Alexandra Palace for the first time.
Wilson’s tie with Perry will be available to watch on the BBC at 7:00pm on Tuesday evening.