World Snooker Championship: David Lilly claims the title by defeating Jimmy White

Lilly beat Patrick Wallace 4-1 in the semi-finals

David Lilly denied Jimmy White a third consecutive world title after winning 5-3 in the final in Sheffield.

The 45-year-old from Washington was playing in the later stages of the event for the first time.

He made his competitive debut at the Crucible after passing his initial Q-School qualification in Reading earlier this year.

Lilly took a 3-0 lead and although White tied the score 3-3, Lilly pulled out again for the win.

“I’m a bit speechless,” he said, “I didn’t think I’d get those feelings.”

“Jimmy is my hero – he’s everyone’s hero. I really don’t know what to say; I’m so happy.”

Lilly eliminated Philip Williams, Ken Doherty and Patrick Wallace on his way to the final.

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