World Championship 2019: Gary Wilson defeats Luca Brecel in Crucible-record decider


By Owen Phillips

BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

World amount 14 Luca Brecel (left) went out after shedding the 79-minutes deciding body to Gary Wilson

The exclaim appropriate issues are rate awaiting.

Gary Wilson put that theory to the check on Sunday night, incomes a critical World Championship victory by taking the decider against Luca Brecel in a 10-9 success – the longest body in Crucible history.

The 19th and last body of an titillating match lasted 79 minutes and 31 seconds, beating the previous list by extra than three minutes.

That undesirable feat had been space by three-time world champion Model Selby and Marco Fu in the 2016 semi-final.

Wilson, a 33-yr-passe from Newcastle who has beforehand supplemented his snooker earnings as a cab driver, a barman and factory employee, acknowledged: “It wasn’t snooker. I am no longer obvious what it was then as soon as more it was me getting over the line and that is the first ingredient.

“It is spellbinding. I am over the moon to earn over the line. There was no longer relatively heaps of quality and it was entirely draining.

“It dragged on but I wasn’t going to prevent on any shot. A number of the followers had been pondering what maintain I attain to this for? I was half of-embarrassed but I had to block that out.”

A distraught Brecel gamely grew to turn into up to his files convention but could perhaps barely bring himself to discuss about his agonising defeat.

“It is magnificent a body,” the 24-yr-passe acknowledged when requested about his pickle in snooker history.

“It is immense I obtained a list,” he added mockingly

The marathon contest had already tested the patience and concentration ranges of both players and spectators when the final body went to a re-rack.

And the scrappy nature persisted when the clock started on the 2d strive at body 19, with bunched reds on the bottom cushion and a cluster of colours at the baulk pause.

However world amount 32 Wilson at last prevailed to assign his first Crucible get rid of on his 2d appearance and guarantee £30,000 for reaching the last 16.

Wilson trailed 5-4 in a single day after which 7-5, but scored breaks of 106, 75 and 65 in a four-body burst to transfer 9-7 ahead.

The Belgian pulled a body reduction however the match then wanted to be pulled when the afternoon session overran.

Brecel levelled the rankings but Wilson prevailed in the story final body, constructing the victory fracture with a gutsy double on the final red.

“It wasn’t a great get rid of then as soon as more it is gratifying to dig in,” added Wilson, who performs either Selby or China’s Zhao Xintong in spherical two.

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