Shaun Murphy He will face Robert Milkins after beating Chinese Pang Junxu 6-3 in Sunday’s Welsh Open final. Llandudno.

Beating Daniel Wells in the fourth round earlier this week by 147, Murphy reached his first qualifying final since the 2021 Worlds.

The 40-year-old player took a 4-2 lead in the tough fight, taking a 58-point break in the sixth frame.

Pang responded with a score of 62 on the next step, but Murphy regained his two-square pad and took an 83 break on the final frame to seal the victory.

Earlier on Saturday, Milkins beat China’s Tian Pengfei 6-2 to stay on track to secure the £150,000 European series jackpot.

Sunday’s victory will guarantee Milkin a top spot on the BetVictor Series ranking list, which has spanned eight events since last July.

46 year old Gloucester Ali Carter took 61, 109, 89 and 82 timeouts against Pang, who couldn’t reproduce form that saw him beat John Higgins and Ronnie O.Sullivan to reach the first place semi-final.

Milkins told world billiards After reaching its second-place final, the Tour said: “This is huge, the biggest game of my life. I don’t know how to deal with it.

“Just playing for the championship will be enough, let alone everything that comes with it. I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand up but I can adapt to the situation.”