Kyren Wilson edges Anthony McGill in World Snooker Championship semi-final epic

Kyren Wilson has booked his place in the World Snooker Championship final after one of the most incredible matches in Crucible history, which saw him eventually edge out Anthony McGill 17-16.

It was a superb contest throughout as it swung this way and that, but the whole match came down to a deciding frame which was arguably the most remarkable ever to be played at the World Championship.

The deciding frame had as many twists and turns as some entire tournaments as both men had chances to get over the line and fluffed them.

It looked like Wilson had eventually done enough thanks to a clever snooker as he racked up enough points in fouls to leave McGill needing a snooker of his own.

However, on his return to the table, Wilson immediately screwed the white into the middle pocket, handing the Scot four points back. The Warrior then tried a thin contact on a red and potted the cue ball straight into a pocket.

The two men then handed each other foul points as they both tried tricky shots off the bottom cushion to knock a red in the centre pocket, and with the score at 94-74 in Wilson’s favour, either man could still claim a place in the final.

It eventually was ended by a fluke from Wilson as the green rolled in from a safety shot, which almost had the Warrior in tears as he didn’t want the match to end with that stroke of luck.

All this came after McGill was desperately unlucky not to land on a colour on 39 after splitting the reds, which could have seen the match end almost an hour earlier.

186 points were scored in the final frame, a record in a single frame at the Crucible in a stunning effort from both men.

Wilson held a 13-11 lead going into the fourth and final session and he quickly and impressively extended it, making a break of 94 to clinch the first frame of the session after McGill had been in.

It had seemed a disastrous and possibly morale-sapping start for the Scot, but he showed the stern stuff he is made of to win the next three frames on the spin and level the game up at 14-14.

McGill made breaks og 84. 87 and 122 to win those three frames and he looked in imperious form when it mattered most.

Wilson stopped the rot with an excellent break of his own (87) to retake the lead, but it didn’t last long.

The Glaswegian levelled up again in the next and then a break of 98 put him just one frame from the World Championship final at 16-15 ahead.

There were the first slight signs of nerves in the next though as McGill spurned more than one chance, although not clear chances, to win the match and Wilson eventually got over the line to force a decider.

The final frame was then as dramatic and incredible as the sport can produce, with Wilson getting over the line.

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