Elliot Slessor

Gateshead’s snooker star Elliot Slessor produced a shock victory against Ronnie O’Sullivan en route to the semi-finals of this month’s Northern Ireland open.

Slessor, ranked 82nd in the world rankings, defeated O’Sullivan by four frames to one, which followed O’Sullivan’s claim that 70% of players on the tour are ‘numpties’.

Slessor was certainly out to prove a point to the five-time World Champion, showing guts and playing as if it was the World Championship final.

It almost felt like he wanted to send a message to O’Sullivan that players lower down in the rankings aren’t as poor as he makes out.

The Gateshead man showed confidence, replicating his famous victory against Shaun Murphy, currently ranked sixth in the world, at the Indian open.

After his famous victory, Slessor went on to defeat fellow Geordie, Sam Craigie by the same score line.

He followed this up with a narrow win against Chinese player Li Yuan, winning by five frames to four.

Slessor was then faced with the difficult task of facing the only top 16 player left in the tournament, Wales’ Mark Williams.

Despite giving a very good account of himself, Slessor was defeated by six frames to two in a best of 11 match in the semi-final.

He now finds himself on the back of defeating two world class players in short succession, and has the potential to make progress up the ranking ladder.