Billy Castle secured the greatest second of his profession to date by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Snooker Shoot Out as he says the win is one to tell the grandkids about.
It might solely be over one body, however victory for the world quantity 111 over the five-time world champion is nonetheless a particular second, as Castle made it into the final 32 of the competitors.
The Rocket had some first rate probabilities in the body bit missed simple balls and Castle took his alternative after taking part in a very good security to safe a foul and get ball in hand, below the Shoot Out guidelines, making 43 to get the win.
The 28-year-old is into the final 32, a stage in a rating occasion he has solely been previous as soon as earlier than, and he may barely consider he had simply downed the legend of the baize.
‘Yeah [it’s the greatest second of my profession to date]. There’s nothing like taking part in Ronnie in London in a venue like this,’ Castle advised WST at the Watford Colosseum.
‘I’ve obtained 2,000 individuals in opposition to me, I couldn’t cool down early on, I simply wished to pot a few balls and get into it.
‘But once I got into it I played really well and I’m so proud of the win.
‘I enjoy playing when it’s like that, I performed Jimmy White two years in the past right here on a Saturday night time and actually I loved it.
‘To come in as a massive underdog and do that to the best player to ever pick up a cue, it’s wonderful.
‘This is one of them I can look back on in years to come with the kids and grandkids and tell them I beat Ronnie O’Sullivan on TV.
‘At the minute it hasn’t fairly sunk in.’
Castle’s goals of a primary rating title are nonetheless alive as he takes on Luo Honghao in the final 32 on Sunday afternoon on a busy ultimate day in Watford.
The event performs from 32 down to a winner on Sunday, with the champion pocketing a really first rate £50,000 for his or her efforts.
For a participant like Castle, a shock triumph would catapult him round 40 locations up the world rankings and be career-changing in some ways.
However, there are nonetheless some large names concerned with the likes of Shaun Murphy, Barry Hawkins, Jack Lisowski and Joe Perry all nonetheless in the combine.
Snooker Shoot Out Round Three Schedule
- 13:00 Zhou Yuelong v Jack Lisowski
- 13:10 Liang Wenbo v Anthony McGill
- 13:20 Ashley Carty v Mike Dunn
- 13:30 Anthony Hamilton v Ross Bulman
- 13:40 Brandon Sargeant v Shaun Murphy
- 13:50 Lyu Haotian v Soheil Vahedi
- 14:00 Aaron Hill v Craig Steadman
- 14:10 Jak Jones v Peter Lines
- 14:20 Barry Hawkins v Ben Woollaston
- 14:30 Jamie Clarke v Li Hang
- 14:40 Zhang Anda v Xiao Guodong
- 14:50 Yan Bingtao v Dean Young
- 15:00 Ian Burns v Michael Holt
- 15:10 Luo Honghao v Billy Joe Castle
- 15:20 Lei Peifan v Mei Xi Wen
- 15:30 Sunny Akani v Joe Perry
Murphy is the favorite with the bookmakers heading into the final 32, after his Welsh Open triumph final week, however the Shoot Out is the most unpredictable occasion on the calendar so anybody left in the discipline has a terrific probability.