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Wilson sets up Bingham battle

Kyren Wilson will take on Stuart Bingham in the quarter finals of the UK Championship after a 6-2 win over Barry Hawkins.

Hawkins started their last 16 clash strongly and won the opening frame with a break of 87 before Wilson responded and took a 2-1 lead.

A Hawkins century levelled matters but that was as good as it got for the world number six as Wilson won the next four frames with breaks of 95, 78 and two 81s.

The 26-year-old stated he had targeted a big run in York before the tournament began as previously it had been the one Triple Crown event he had failed to deliver in.

Wilson, who has never been beyond the third round in the UK Championship before, was delighted with his performance and felt his positive approach paid off.

“It was a solid performance,” said Wilson, who is 6.50 to win the tournament outright.

“It was nip and tuck until the interval and I stayed positive after.

“I felt like I had to keep going for my long shots to punish Barry, because he might outplay me on a tactical battle.

“From 3-2 I had the momentum and it all followed from there. I played really strong snooker in all aspects so it is really pleasing.”

Hawkins had no complaints following the loss and feels Wilson has the potential to go all the way the Barbican Centre.

He said: “I thought it was a good game. I missed a couple of balls and he didn’t really miss when he got in.

“If he keeps playing like that he has every chance of winning the tournament.”

Wilson is 1.61 to beat Bingham, who can be backed at 2.20 to secure a place in the last four.

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