Gerard Greene to meet Barry Hawkins in first final

Gerard Greene

World number 66 Gerard Greene secured a place in a ranking final for the first time with a 4-2 win against Marco Fu at the Players' Championship in Preston.

The 40-year-old Kent-based Northern Irishman, who beat compatriot Mark Allen in the last eight, took the first frame before Fu levelled with a 64.

Greene moved 3-1 ahead but world number eight Fu made a 121 in frame five.

A 46 helped Greene through to face Barry Hawkins, who defeated Judd Trump 4-1.

Hawkins, the world number five, lost the first frame to Trump, but reeled off four in succession to take victory.

Trump, ranked six, opened with a 62, but had no answer to Hawkins' breaks of 50, 75, 131 and 61.

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