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Joe Perry is through to the final of the D88.com European Masters in Lommel after defeating Anthony Hamilton 6-3 in the last four.

The Gentleman’s only ranking title to date came at the 2015 Players Championship, where he defeated Mark Williams in the final. A second title this week would carry great significance as it would see Perry move into the world’s top 16 and secure him a spot at the Champion of Champions.

World number 28 Hamilton will leave disappointed at suffering defeat. However, he will have the consolation of £17,500 in prize money and a much needed boost to his world ranking, which is currently  projected to drop to 63rd by the end of the season.

This afternoon Hamilton took the opening two frames to establish the early advantage. However, Perry crucially pegged him back to 2-2 at the mid-session.

When they returned Hamilton made a clutch clearance of 67 from 64-0 down to edge 3-2 in front. At the time that appeared as if it could have been a huge blow for Perry. However, to the contrary he went on to win four frames in a row, including breaks of 70 and 74, to claim a 6-3 victory.

“It was always going to be tough. Anthony is a great player,” said Perry. “I really enjoyed the game but I got a bit edgy. I started edgy, got myself relaxed and then was edgy again in the middle. Luckily I had a great chance at the end and managed to take it.

“My whole career has been driven by the same thing and that is winning. I don’t worry about the money. If you win you get rewarded heavily and that comes with the job. If you win tournaments you normally get in the top 16. I know all these benefits come with it but tomorrow it will all be about winning the final and getting a trophy.”