Mark King wins Northern Ireland Open in dramatic final against Barry Hawkins

King wins Northern Ireland Open in dramatic final

20/11/2016 at 23:10Updated 21/11/2016 at 12:21

Mark King won the Northern Ireland Open in a dramatic final on Sunday evening, defeating Barry Hawkins 9-8.

Hawkins got off to a strong start as he took the first two frames in the best-of-17 final.

A fantastic break of 110 from King saw him recover in the third but Hawkins won the next three frames to open up a 5-1 lead.

However, King ensured that his opponent stayed in sight as he clawed back the next two frames and stayed within touching distance.

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After the interval, King played some inspired snooker as won six frames in a row to open up a 7-5 lead.

Hawkins was not finished though and responded with a fantastic two frames of his own to draw level, but King quickly went back ahead.

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In the 16th frame Hawkins opening up a healthy lead, but King forced a double error from Hawkins with a snooker on the green. King seemed set to take the frame before a mistake on the penultimate black allowed Hawkins back in as the topsy-turvy match continued to enthral.

What followed was a remarkable sequence which culminated in a shoot-out for the black as the frame stretched beyond an hour.

King missed a double after Hawkins had broken and Hawkins potted to ensure it went to a deciding frame.

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And it was King who held his nerve to secure his first ranking title 25 years after turning professional.