RONNIE O’SULLIVAN survived an almighty scare to edge into the UK Snooker Championship quarter-finals.
O’Sullivan beat Thai whizkid Sunny Akani 6-5 in York.
The Match was as gripping and close as the score implies.
O'Sullivan a massive favourite for this years UK Championship found himself 2-0 down to Thai youngster Sunny Akani right from the off.
He Manged to pull it back to 2-2 only for Akani to storm off to a 4-2 lead.
Ronnie then pulled the score back to 4-4 with Akani winning the next frame taking the score to 5-4.
Then came the most dramatic frame of the match with O'Sullivan coming out on top.
But that was only after a stroke of good fortune for the five-time world champion.
Akani was just a few shots away from winning the biggest match of his career when he accidentally potted a blue while also sinking the final green.
It gave O’Sullivan the impetus he needed to secure a final frame.
But the drama didn’t stop there.
The Englishman was on course to wrap up the last frame without reply but a freak missed red let Akani back into it at 60-0 down.
Both men missed routine reds and the frame soon descended into attritional snooker play.
But O’Sullivan eventually carved out an opening to round on the colours and wrap up the win.