Brilliant win for Perry against O'Sullivan in UK Championship

SNOOKER ace Joe Perry produced one of the best performances of his career to beat world number 1 Ronnie O Sullivan in the UK Championship last night. Perry, from Chatteris, won seven consecutive frames in their second round match to win 9-5 and send the d

SNOOKER ace Joe Perry produced one of the best performances of his career to beat world number 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan in the UK Championship last night.

Perry, from Chatteris, won seven consecutive frames in their second round match to win 9-5 and send the defending champion home.

Perry's brilliant win was further boosted by uncharacteristic errors from O'Sullivan - which even led to a flash of controversy from the Rocket in the 12th frame. He missed a red when 23-0 down and, in disgust, flicked the cue ball and conceded the frame by walking out of the arena. That incident gave Perry a 7-5 lead.

Speaking after his victory, Perry said: "I could see Ronnie getting anxious tonight and running out of patience.

"I've played him a few times this season and I feel comfortable against him now, I'm not intimidated. When I beat him for the first time it got the fear factor out of the way."

O'Sullivan said: "I got outplayed. I felt cold and I couldn't make anything happen. Give Joe credit because he played well."

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Perry was looking down the barrel of another defeat at the hands of O'Sullivan from the first session on Monday. The Fen potter was 5-2 down, but nicked the final frame and carried the momentum into last night's conclusion.

The world championship semi-finalist then cruised to victory, with breaks of 105, 70, 69 and 53 either side of O'Sullivan's moment of madness.

Perry is back in action today in the quarter finals, where he will play Hong Kong's Marco Fu.

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