Mark Williams hammers ‘fourth son’ Jackson Page in ruthless World Championship victory

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Unstoppable Williams equalled a Crucible record by firing six centuries in the second round, securing victory with a session to spare over the 20-year-old qualifier
Unstoppable Williams equalled a Crucible record by firing six centuries in the second round, securing victory with a session to spare over the 20-year-old qualifier

By Ben Parsons at the Crucible

Mark Williams put on a snooker clinic in a 13-3 demolition job over his protégé Jackson Page at the World Championship.

Unstoppable Williams equalled a Crucible record by firing six centuries in the second round, securing victory with a session to spare over the 20-year-old qualifier.

Williams, 47, described practice partner Page as like a 'fourth son' in the build-up, but vowed that he wanted to ‘destroy’ the youngster despite their close relationship.

And the three-time world champion delivered in style, taking an unassailable 7-1 overnight lead before sealing the six ofur of eight frames with minimal fuss on Friday morning.

“I played really well from start to finish, I didn’t really give him any chances,” Williams said.

“I can’t play any better than that at my age. I’m delighted but I haven’t got the same feeling I would if I beat any other player.

“It’s a difficult one for me even though I’m over the moon.

"If it was anyone else that I beat with a session to spare I’d be loving it but I don’t feel like that with Jackson."

Williams last won the world title in 2018 in a memorable final against John Higgins at the Sheffield showpiece.

The Welshman believes he is reaching the form that took him to his third Crucible crown four years ago.

“Similar,” he said when asked to compare his performances to 2018.

“I won a few tournaments coming into it that year but it’s probably right up there.

“I’m playing really good stuff but I can't expect to be one of the top boys because I’m nearly 50.”

Upbeat Page has tipped mentor Williams for a fourth world title if he can reproduce his form in the latter stages.

“It was ridiculous and one of the best performances he’s ever played against me," Page said.

“He was just relentless and he couldn’t play better than that. If he can keep that form going I don’t think anyone can get near him.”

Williams is the first player to seal his quarter-final spot and takes on Mark Selby or Yan Bingtao in the last eight.

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