Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taxi for Wilson as Hawkins Applies the Brakes; SNOOKER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taxi for Wilson as Hawkins Applies the Brakes; SNOOKER

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WALLSEND potter Gary Wilson will jump back in his taxi after his exit from the UK Snooker Championship in York - but not for long.

The 28-year-old, who drives a cab around his snooker to help pay the bills, was finally knocked out in the third round yesterday, 6-4 by world No 8 Barry Hawkins.

However, Wilson does not expect to be taking passengers very far into next year after a con-fidence-boosting first week at the UK Championship at the Barbican.

After thrashing Jamie Jones 6-0 in round one he beat promising Australian Vinnie Calabrese, who had knocked out world No 22 Dominic Dale, in his next match.

And Wilson is hoping to follow up his PS9,000 payday from York with more success over the rest of the season instead of sitting behind the wheel.

"I'll be doing it for a bit," he admitted. "I'm going to be doing it over Christmas a wee bit and into January - but I'll probably try and sort of pack it in come January.

"I never like losing, like anyone else, but at the same time it was respectable - I didn't really embarrass myself too much. …

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