Weekend Stars: John Astley stuns world No. 1 in UK Snooker Championship final

Play was delayed for 30 minutes due to light drizzle in York, England… LONDON — Amateur John Astley rallied from 6-2 down to win his second UK Championship title Sunday, stunning defending champion Neil…

Weekend Stars: John Astley stuns world No. 1 in UK Snooker Championship final

Play was delayed for 30 minutes due to light drizzle in York, England…

LONDON — Amateur John Astley rallied from 6-2 down to win his second UK Championship title Sunday, stunning defending champion Neil Robertson with a 13-12 victory over the five-time world champion.

Astley, 24, never trailed in claiming his first ranking title after Robertson went 10-6 up after a competitive opening session. The winner looked likely to settle for a runner-up finish as Robertson pulled away with five centuries and five other half-century scores in beating Astley for the third time in five years.

But Astley saved his best performance for last, ending Robertson’s run of 50 consecutive 180s.

Astley dedicated the victory to his late father George, who died suddenly two years ago after suffering an heart attack.

“I was close to tears last night because he was never able to see this day,” Astley said. “He was the reason I turned to the game, and I feel I had to play this match for him.

“It was a tough match to play in. He was the best father in the world and he would have been so proud of me today. I felt it was the right time to put him down to be honest.”

Astley’s victory ensured he became the first amateur to win the event since Ray Reardon in 1960.

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