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Chatteris potter Joe Perry reaches Northern Ireland Open semi-finals in Belfast losing to snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan




Chatteris potter Joe Perry reached the Northern Ireland Open semi-finals in Belfast.

Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan beat fellow Englishman Perry in the last four 6-1 to set up a repeat of last year's final, which Judd Trump won 9-7.

'The Rocket' O'Sullivan produced breaks of 58, 54, 72, 90 and 71 to establish a 5-0 lead.

Competitors in the mixed doubles final at Pot Black.Left to right -Joe Perry, Tatjana Vasiljeva, Pam Wood and Martin Gould.. (21912170)
Competitors in the mixed doubles final at Pot Black.Left to right -Joe Perry, Tatjana Vasiljeva, Pam Wood and Martin Gould.. (21912170)

Even though Perry won frame six, the five-time world champion wrapped up victory with his break of 71 in the next at the Waterfront Hall.

Earlier in the quarter-finals Perry rallied from 3-1 down to beat Swiss potter Alexander Ursenbacher 5-3.

Perry got to that stage by beating Robbie Williams 4-1.

World number one Trump triumphed over O'Sullivan to win the tournament on Sunday, thus collecting both prize money of £70,000 and The Alex Higgins Trophy.

World champion Trump earlier disposed of Scotland's John Higgins in the other semi.


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