Perry’s comeback is out of this World

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Chatteris potter Joe Perry completed an amazing comeback this afternoon (Monday) in the World Snooker Championship first round.

He looked destined to lose after falling 6-3 behind to Jamie Burnett of Scotland following their first day of play at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

But on the second morning Perry found his form and won seven out of the final eight frames and he capped his triumph with a break of 81.

Neither player could take an initial firm grip on the game on Sunday.

This was demonstrated at the beginning of the eighth frame, with the Scot leading 4-3, when Burnett produced a horrible break-off. Perry was presented with a super opportunity to get among the balls, but soon went in-off to squander it.

Perry had won the second and third frames, compiling a break of 59 to take the latter, to lead 2-1.

Burnett cleared to become the first potter to open up a two-frame lead at 5-3, while he definitely finished the stronger to end the opening Sunday session at 6-3 after winning three frames in a row.

Perry faces reigning world champion and hot favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan in the second round.

Result: Joe Perry (Eng) 10 Jamie Burnett (Sco) 7. Frame scores (Perry first): 0-84 (84 break), 76-2, 75-66 (Perry 59), 49-71, 67-13, 23-89 (76), 12-75 (61), 36-71, 0-94 (94), 101-27 (87), 125-1 (55, 70), 63-38, 54-40, 70-33 (51), 78-28, 1-118 (111), 89-2 (81).