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.