2015 Welsh Open (the semis) - "Woonderful" Woollaston lands in final

01:24:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Woollaston lands in the final
Terrific way to end the mighty semi-finals of this year's Welsh Open as Mark Williams and Ben Woollaston crossed their cues until late in the night for a place in the final.

It was a great effort from both parties, but in the end the stronger competitor proved to be the Leicester-lad Ben Woollaston, who won by a hard-fought 6-5 scoreline.

Woollaston started the match by hitting a great 82 break to take the opener, but didn't stop there. A scrappy second frame was also entering into his pocket for a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Clearly not in the best of form, Williams still managed to win a scrapper in order to get his first frame under his belt before his opponent used a 75 break to go 3-1 up as the interval was starting.

The man who played almost as good as in his heyday, especially against Marco Fu, had a lot to think about over the tea&biscuits-break.

And that's precisely what happened, for when the lads returned for the conclusion of their match, Williams stormed in and hit a great 88 break to pull back a frame but also took full advantage of Ben missing a red down on 53, during frame six, in order to level the match at 3-3.

Welshman Williams had a pretty unproductive day
Despite the Welshman's efforts Ben still proved to be the strongest competitor as a 90 break was re-establishing his leadership, while runs of 47 and 38 were taking him just one away from a place in the final, at 5-3.

But the local hero had one more card to play, or should I say two. A break of 50 was keeping the match alive as the scoreline went 5-4, while a 10th scrappy frame was captured with just a top break of 30 to set the much-waited decider.

The last frame started with a re-rack and Ben was the first one in. However, he did have a kick which prevented him from potting a red and stopped his break at 30, this giving Williams one last chance to make a difference.

Unfortunately "The Welsh Potting Machine" wasn't able to take it and so Woollaston went on and won the match with a great 60 break in order to set a final snooker meeting with another master of the green baize, John Higgins.

All that being said, you better cancel your Sunday plans, for this final will certainly be a pretty entertaining one.

The first session is due to start at 1pm, followed by the second one at 7pm. Let's roll the balls!