ON THE HILL OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Mick Hill is 11 frames away from becoming WEPF World 8-Ball Pool men’s singles champion for a record breaking fourth time.
But the Black Country star faces a severe test against 2009 winner and 2011 runner-up, Phil Harrison.
Fourth seed Hill defeated triple 2017 UK Tour winner, Tom Cousins, coming from 3-1 down to win 10-6.
Harrison, seeded five, almost let slip a 6-1 lead against Dave Fernandez but recovered to beat his London rival 10-6.
“I don’t like the 8 foot table,” said Harrison. “But I managed to scrape through. I just did enough.
“I think I am going to be the underdog in the final. But it doesn’t mean he is going to win,” added Harrison, ahead of their best of 21 frames shootout for a £6,000 first prize.
Indeed, he only has to recall their 2009 final meeting to know he can get the better of his long standing friend and rival.
Hill trailed Norfolk based Cousins 3-1 but recovered his composure to ease into his sixth world final since 2004.
He currently shares the record of three men’s singles titles with Gareth Potts.
Hill, who has been playing in Australia and China most of the year, said:” I have hardly put in any preparation and that’s not to degrade anyone.
“But when I got here things went my way. When I needed a chance at a vital time I happened to get it.
“I have played this game for a long time now and I am only going to get what I want from the game playing in that match arena.
“Tom is a great player and he would be more than capable of being at the top in any era. For me, it was can I beat the new kid on the block?
“I missed a couple, Tom missed a couple but I expect I am going to make the odd error that once upon a time I wouldn’t make.”
On his impending show down with Harrison, Hill added: “Do I want to win the final? Of course I do.
“But I can genuinely say Phil has been a good friend for 20 years, he’s in the top half dozen players of all time in my era and if he beats me I will say ‘fair play.’
“There’s no pressure for me playing Phil in the final. I will have a pint and say well done.”
Fernandez and Cousins pocketed £1,500 apiece as consolation prizes.
|Trevor Baxter - Press Officer|