UK Championship: Jack Lisowski brushes aside Shaun Murphy to reach semi-final in phenomenal display

Jack Lisowski’s bid to land a maiden ranking prize remains on track after he powered his way to the UK Championship semi-final with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Shaun Murphy.

Lisowski, ranked 13th in the world, made four consecutive centuries in a dazzling display of attacking snooker.

He will meet the winner of Sam Craigie and Mark Allen in the last four.

Lisowski made a blistering start, quickly making 67 but missed a simple frame-ball blue, a rare slip-up in what turned out to be an almost perfect performance.

Murphy countered with 67, including an amazing red up the side rail to the green pocket, to force a respot.

A safety error from Murphy allowed Lisowski to step in to take opener and build some momentum.

An outrageous fluke from Murphy handed him a chance to get on the scoreboard in the second frame, but he faltered and Lisowski made him duly pay, knocking in his first century of the night, a 105.

Lisowski continued to pull away from his opponent after Murphy missed a tough long red, with the 31-year-old punishing him with a second ton in a row, this time making 127.

It was an electric performance from the Jackpot in front of his coach Peter Ebdon, and it was only going to get better.

Murphy was making mistakes and when he carelessly left a red, Lisowski showed no mercy, finishing with a stunning 123 to make it 4-0 before the interval.

If Murphy was hoping Lisowski would let up upon the restart, he was wrong as he strung together his fourth consecutive century to move to within touching distance of a whitewash.

In the sixth frame and needing just one more for victory, Lisowski could have made history by becoming the first player ever to make a fifth century in a row. However, it was Murphy who brought up a ton, a delightful 111, and finished with a theatrical bow. Was the comeback on?

Murphy looked set to extend the match before he declared a push shot on himself in an incredible moment of sportsmanship. It proved his final contribution in a pulsating night of snooker, with Lisowski clearing up to get the job done.

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