Shaun Murphy will face Hong Kong's Marco Fu in Sunday's Maplin UK Championship final after a 9-4 semi-final win over Stephen Maguire.
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan brushed off his show of petulance during his shock 9-5 defeat by Joe Perry as "no big deal".
Ding Junhui recorded his second career maximum 147 break as he hit back from two frames down to John Higgins in Telford.
Ronnie O'Sullivan's bid to retain his UK Championship title survived a revival from Rory McLeod as he reached the second round 9-6.
Shaun Murphy is convinced he just needs a change of luck to have a genuine crack at the Maplin UK Snooker Championship.
Ronnie O'Sullivan is hoping the "fantastic" atmosphere at Telford inspires him to a successful UK Championship title defence.
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