Chatteris cueman Perry exits Masters to Hawkins

Joe Perry at the table in his second round match against Robbie Williams during day four of the 2015 Betway UK Snooker Championship at The York Barbican, York. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 28, 2015. See PA story SNOOKER York. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. EMN-150312-090519002
Joe Perry at the table in his second round match against Robbie Williams during day four of the 2015 Betway UK Snooker Championship at The York Barbican, York. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 28, 2015. See PA story SNOOKER York. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. EMN-150312-090519002

Chatteris cueman Joe Perry last night lost 6-3 to fellow Englishman Barry Hawkins for a place in the 2016 Masters snooker quarter-final.

The duo clashed in the first round (best of 11 frames) with a last-eight clash with Mark Allen on Thursday at stake. This was Hawkins’ first-ever win at the Dafabet Masters, at the sixth attempt.

Hawkins won the opening frame thanks to a break of 59 and he added the second with a 31 clearance which included a brilliant pot on the final pink along a side cushion.

Perry charged back to win three successive frames with top breaks of 67 and 84, but Hawkins bagged three in a row himself with runs of 81 and 58 to lead 5-3. In frame nine he missed an easy red on 38, but Perry’s reply ended when he missed the pink with the rest at 39-42 with two reds remaining. Hawkins was able to add the points he needed for victory.

Perry said: “I enjoyed the match but from 3-2 up he froze me out. I didn’t get my composure back after that and it fizzled out for me.”

Scores, Hawkins first: 101-24 (59), 61-55 (Perry 55), 0-68, 58-68 (67), 7-95 (84), 69-12, 81-0 (81), 72-10 (58), 62-39.