Players' Championship: Joe Perry beats Mark Williams for first title

Joe Perry
Cambridge-based Perry has won two previous events on the Asian Tour

Joe Perry has won the first ranking title of his career by beating Mark Williams in the final of the Players' Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.

The world number 13 from Cambridgeshire had to come from 3-0 down to triumph 4-3 and claim the £100,000 cheque.

"I've been playing snooker since I was 12 and all I've ever wanted is to win a major tournament," said Perry, 40.

"I've been really composed all week. I have been very calm at the table and haven't got nervous," he added.

Welshman Williams appeared on course for his 19th ranking title - and first since 2011 - after winning the first three frames with breaks of 64, 57 and 103.

But Perry won a scrappy fourth, then levelled the scores with breaks of 50 and 56, before runs of 54 and 24 sealed the decider.

He had seen off compatriot Stuart Bingham 4-1 in the earlier semi-final while Williams completed a 4-2 win over Judd Trump.

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