World Championship: Taxi for Selby... Former cabbie Wilson causes Crucible upset

Mark Selby.Mark Selby.
Mark Selby.
Three-time champion Mark Selby suffered a shock World Championship defeat to former taxi driver Gary Wilson.

Selby, who was the 2014, 2016 and 2017 champion, is ranked second in the world - 30 places above Wilson.

But Wilson, who has journeyed on a long road to join snooker’s elite, produced another Crucible surprise after amateur James Cahill stunned world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan earlier this week.

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Selby resumed 9-7 behind but he looked likely to progress after winning the first two frames of the final session.

Gary Wilson.Gary Wilson.
Gary Wilson.

Wilson, however, kept his nerve as the pair exchanged the next two frames.

And the 33-year-old from Tyneside rattled off the next three frames for a 13-10 victory.

Wilson finished with a flourish as a final break of 92 ended Selby’s hopes of a fourth world crown and set up a quarter-final date with Ali Carter or Zhou Yuelong.

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James Cahill’s Crucible fairytale ended as the history-making amateur bowed out of the World Championship.

Cahill caused the greatest shock in Sheffield snooker history when he beat world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round on Tuesday.

And the Blackpool 25-year-old was close to another giant-killing as he took Stephen Maguire to a decider in their best-of-25 clash.

However, it was not to be for Cahill, the first amateur to play in the tournament, as the seasoned Scot held his nerve to settle a thrilling contest.

On the other side of the partition, former world champions John Higgins and Stuart Bingham shared the first eight frames of their second-round tie.

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