Hawkins sees off Day to win Grand Prix

Barry Hawkins at Preston Guild Hall (photo by Michael Ellison)
Barry Hawkins at Preston Guild Hall (photo by Michael Ellison)
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Barry Hawkins survived a stirring fightback from Ryan Day to win the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix on Sunday night.

Hawkins, the world number 12, raced into a 9-3 lead at Preston’s Guild Hall courtesy of five century breaks.

But Welshman Day forced his way back into the best-of-19 final by winning four successive frames.

A relieved Hawkins however, held his nerve in the 17th frame to pot the black and clinch the title 10-7 to claim the £100,000 top prize.

Full report and reaction in Tuesday’s Lancashire Post