Jimmy White pulled off a sensational 6-4 scalp of Stephen Maguire to reach the final qualifying round of the 2022 UK Championship in Sheffield on Monday.
Thirty years on from claiming the UK Championship title, White underlined his longevity with a vintage display to defeat the 2004 champion at Ponds Forge.
The 60-year-old reeled off the last three consecutive frames to clinch his biggest win of the year and move to the brink of qualification for the season’s first Triple Crown event.
Having recorded successive 6-0 whitewashes of Victor Sarkis and Mitchell Mann in the opening two rounds, White took the opening frame against Maguire to extend his run of unanswered frames to 13.
Maguire, however, hit back strongly with three consecutive frames to take control of the match, producing breaks of 76 and 100 along the way.
White regained his composure after the interval by taking frame five, before snatching the sixth on the final black with a 57 break to draw level.
Maguire quickly regained the lead with his second century of the match – a 108 break – but failed to convert a string of long pots in the following frame as a 61 break proved enough for White to make it four apiece.
The Whirlwind then turned on the style by powering in a long red and going on to make a break of 103 – his third century of the season – to move in front for the first time since frame one.
A missed black looked to have proved costly in frame ten for White, but Maguire failed to capitalise and the 1992 UK Champion duly killed off the match to move within touching distance of the main event in York.
He will now face fellow veteran Dominic Dale in the final qualifying round on Wednesday, after the Welshman defeated Li Hang 6-4 with high breaks of 121 and 95 to his name.
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