India’s Sourav Kothari defeated Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 1134-944 to clinch the 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship title in Leeds on Friday.

The former national and Asian Billiards champion had missed out on winning the coveted World Billiards crown on two occasions in the last two years, including a loss to Gilchrist in the 2016 final in Bengaluru.

Earlier in the semis, Kothari steered his way to a dramatic victory in the dying minutes of the game over six-time world champion David Causier of England 1317-1246.

The script of the semi-final match was nothing short of a fairy tale for Kothari, who at one stage of the match trailed by more than 500 points with almost no hope of getting back, given Causier’s uncanny capacity of relentless high break building and scoring.