Jimmy Robertson is through to his first ever ranking event final after winning a dramatic semi-final contest with Mark King 6-4.
The Bexhill potter has been a professional since 2002 and has competed in the Crucible stages of the World Championship four times. However, tomorrow will be his first ever opportunity to lift ranking event silverware.
The 2016 Northern Ireland Open champion King was aiming to reach his first final since that emotional victory in Belfast, but will now have to settle for the £17,500 in prize money attached to reaching the last four this week.
Robertson came out of the blocks with a break of 99 on his way to leading 2-0 and seized the early initiative. However, King responded emphatically with breaks of 85 and 64 to level the scores at 2-2 going into the mid-session.
They traded frames when they returned, before the standard of the clash was pushed up a notch further. Robertson burst for the finish line with a break of 82 followed up by a sublime 132 to move one from victory at 5-3.
The typically tenacious King didn’t wilt under the pressure and composed a break of 97 to keep his hopes alive. However, it was Robertson who won a tense tenth frame to progress.
Robertson will face Joe Perry in tomorrow’s final, where the winner will pick up the first prize of £75,000 as well as a place at the upcoming Champion of Champions event.