KETTERING'S Kyren Wilson is having the week of his life in Belfast.

The 24-year-old in two days has ousted two Snooker legends, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams, who have seven World titles between then, and both matches went to deciding frames.

And it's the first time he has played both so he at the moment since winning has a 100% record against them.

His match with Mark Williams began with Wilson starting as he left off against O'Sullivan on Thursday knocking in a comfortable break of 58 to ease into the match.

In the second, it was Williams who took the frame to share the spoils with breaks of 44 and an 86.

Williams, 41, then took the third with a 68, but Wilson came bouncing back with a 91 to make it even stevens at the mid-session interval.

After, Wilson then struck a 95 after a loose safety shot from Williams and it was then followed up with another 68 from the Welsh potting machine to go 3 - 3.

Wilson cleared up in the next with a 69, before Williams did enough for it to go into a decider.

Wilson had missed a blue in the penultimate frame and Williams made sure he sunk the blue pink and black to take it to the wire.

The decider was a nervy affair, but Williams missed another key blue before Wilson did enough with a 41 to win the match 5 - 4.


The Welshman was seeking a 19th ranking title, but hasn't won a ranking title since 2011 the German Masters, whereas the Englishman is on the hunt for a second ranking title in the space of a year - after winning his maiden ranking title in Shanghai over a year ago.

He has shown he has the bottle and the temperament to beat the top players as on his way to his 2015 Shanghai Masters win he disposed of Judd Trump and Ding Junhui.

Ronnie O'Sullivan said after his match looking ahead to this one that he was very impressed with Wilson's game and his long potting which was on cue in his match with Williams.

The Home Nations series has a first prize of £70,000 and the winner of the event picks up the Alex Higgins trophy on Sunday.

Barry Hawkins sailed through his quarter-final match with Welshman Michael White, as four are left to decide who those two will meet in the semi-finals on Saturday.

John Higgins made the highest break of the tournament so far with the magic 147 earlier on in the week - his eighth career 147 and the fifth of this season.