David Lilley caused a massive upset on day three of the Indian Open in Hyderabad. Playing in the final stages of a ranking event for the first time the 40-year-old from Wallsend edged out two-time World Champion Mark Williams 4-3.
At 2-2 the Englishman made a break of 59 to put himself on the verge of a famous win. However, Williams showed his class in the next frame compiling a run of 74 to force a decider. The former English Amateur Champion Lilley held his nerve and extended his incredible run.
Lilley, who is playing in this event as a Q School top-up, faces Robert Milkins in tomorrow’s last 16.
Kyren Wilson produced a superb fightback to overcome China’s Xiao Guodong. 2015 Shanghai Masters Champion Wilson looked to be heading for a last 32 exit, after Guodong made runs of 97, 58 and 83 to race into a 3-0 lead. However, the resilient Wilson responded with breaks of 44 and 53 to drag himself back into the match. The Englishman then completed a run of four frames on the bounce to secure a last 16 spot.
“Xiao started very well. In these best of seven matches you have to get off to a good start or you are under it straight away,” said Wilson. “At 3-0 down I just tried to make the frames a little bit scrappier, as he was scoring so well. I managed to hold on in there and get back into the match”
World number 4 Shaun Murphy also survived a scare against Michael Georgiou. He had led 3-1, but 28-year-old Georgiou responded, winning the fifth and making 81 in the sixth to level at 3-3. A tense decider went the way of the ‘Magician’ who booked his place in tomorrow’s last 16 against Oliver Lines.
Dominic Dale was a shock 4-0 winner over world number 12 Marco Fu. Amid some fine tactical play, the ‘Spaceman’ compiled breaks of 54 and 44 on his way to the whitewash.
There was high tension in the arena as home favourite Pankaj Advani faced Stephen Maguire. It took a mammoth 72-minute decider to separate the pair at 3-3. Eventually Maguire got himself over the line to end Advani’s run and secure a last 16 spot against Barry Hawkins.
Hawkins made his way through with a win over Rory McLeod. He stormed to a 3-0 lead with 102 in the opener and breaks of 58 and 44 in the second and third. The deficit proved to be too great for McLeod as the ‘Hawk’ ran out a 4-2 winner.