Gary Wilson in action during his during 1st round match against Ronnie O’Sullivan on day one of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

The 2018 Welsh Open was undoubtedly the standout performance of the season for Wallsend born snooker player Gary Wilson, as he reached the semi-finals of the tournament.

But the 32 year old has been involved in a host of memorable matches, including wins over John Higgins, Stephen Maguire and six-time Crucible finalist Jimmy White.

After a stop-start beginning saw him eliminated by Ken Doherty in the early stages of two consecutive tournaments, Wilson managed a 4-2 win over legend White in the first round of the 2017 Paul Hunter Classic.

He went on to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament, besting Rod Lawler, Andy Symons and Chris Wakelin before losing 4-2 to Wales’ Jamie Jones.

This display kicked off a half-decent run for the man from Wallsend, as he advanced in tournaments such as the World Open and Indian Open, defeating Nigel Bond and Luca Brecel respectively.

Defeats to former Crucible champions Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan followed, before Wilson put together a nice little run in the Northern Ireland Open, reaching the last 16, and beating Higgins and Maguire along the way.

The UK Championship saw Doherty get the better of Wilson for a third time, before he again reached a last 16 at the German Masters.

His season’s crowning moment though, came when he overcame five rounds to make it to the last four of the Welsh Open, defeating current Masters champion Mark Allen along the way.

But he ended the season in disappointing fashion, losing 10-8 to Adam Stefanow in the first qualifying round of the 2018 World Championship.

Wilson made 18 century breaks this term, one down from his 2016-17 tally of 19, and managed 28 wins, a considerable improvement from last year’s 19.

He finished the season ranked 40th in the world, up 17 places from his 2017 rank.