Hawkins into World Quarter Final
Hawkins into World Quarter Final

Kent’s Barry Hawkins secured his place in the World Championship quarter-finals for the sixth year in a row courtesy of a 13-10 win over Lyu Haotian.

Hawkins, from Ditton near Maidstone, has a level of consistency at The Crucible which few can match and he will now face the winner of the match between Antony McGill and Ding Junhui as he bids for a semi-final place for the fourth time in five years.

Hawkins resumed on Saturday morning with a 9-7 lead but that was quickly eradicated when back-to-back breaks of 91 and 100 saw Lyu draw level.

The Hawk steadied himself with a score of 65-29 in the 19th frame to go 10-9 up, and looked set to add another with a break of 55 in the next frame. But in a tense finale, Lyu trapped him behind the black with only the pink to play and forced a foul, going on to take the frame.

But the world number six’s class shone through as he accelerated away with breaks of 54, 132 and 76 giving him the next three frames and the win.