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Nigel Bond into quarter-finals after thrilling comeback against Gary Wilson

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CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 01: Nigel Bond of England plays a shot during his fourth round match against John Higgins of Scotland on day four of 2018 ManBetX Welsh Open at Motorpoint Arena on March 1, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tai Chengzhe/Visual China

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ByEurosport UK
05/12/2019 at 21:05 | Updated 05/12/2019 at 22:58

Nigel Bond is into the quarter-finals of the UK Championship after fighting back from 5-2 down to beat Gary Wilson 6-5.

Bond, ranked 98th in the world, produced a truly sublime performance to win four straight frames when on the cusp of defeat. And the 54-year-old's story so far is fast becoming one of the stories of the tournament, his victory today coming off the back off an epic win over world No. 1 Judd Trump in the previous round.

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Bond's upcoming quarter-final against Mark Allen is his first in a Triple Crown event since 2004. Prior to this year's UK Championship, he had failed to make it past the first round of a tournament in his five previous attempts.

Wilson took the lead with a run of 61, but Bond hit back after edging the next two frames to go 2-1 up.

And Wilson's excellent break of 78 pulled things level before the Englishman took the next three frames, including a break of 75, to go 5-2 up and on the verge of taking the match.

But veteran Bond had other ideas, pulling himself to within two after a marathon eighth frame, before racing to within one with a break of 85. He edged the next frame 57-41 to go level with Wilson, before putting together a run of 66 for his fourth consecutive frame that completed the comeback and sealed an unlikely win.

In the late slate of games Stephen Maguire engineered a comeback of his own to knock out Michael White 6-4.

The pair shared the opening four frames, with White knocking in century breaks of 104 and 115 and the Welshman then won frames five and six to move 4-2 up.

However the 2004 champion Maguire rallied to win four in a row, sealing victory with a century break of his own with a 116.

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