By Mike Jones
Irish twins, Nick and Rob Staunton sensationally overpowered the tops seeds in the MO45’s on day four of the Dunlop National Masters Championships to set up a final sibling showdown in Manchester.
Making his MO45 debut, [3/4] Nick Staunton overcame number one seed Michael Harris in a gruelling five-game encounter to win 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4.
Meanwhile, his brother, [5/8] Rob Staunton dispatched second seed Paul Boyle 3-1: 7/11, 11/9, 14/12, 11/9.
Elsewhere, there were further upsets in the MO70s and MO75s as the top seeds crashed out…
Patrick Kirton kept his hopes of a record 18th National Masters title alive with a 15-9, 10-15, 15-5, 15-7 victory over two-time National Masters champion Lance Kinder, the oldest player in the tournament.
Kirton, the defending champion will face a final showdown with three-time National Masters champion John Woodliffe who convincingly dispatched Malcolm Furness in three.
Top seed and two-time National Masters champion, Mike Clemson was toppled by [3/4] William Wilson in the Men’s MO75 in a topsy turvy five-game thriller.
Wilson twice took the lead only for Clemson to claw his way back. The decider was a close-run affair with Wilson clinching it by two points to earn a final berth: 15-11, 8-15, 15-13, 13-15, 15-13.
Wilson will meet the defending champion  Adrian Wright, an eight-time Masters champion.
Defending champion Philip Ayon toppled the top seed, Ian Ross in the MO70 in five, winning 15-13, 10-15, 10-15, 15-7, 9-15.
Meanwhile, two-time Nationals winner Rodney Boswell performed admirably against second seed Barry Featherstone but came up short.
2017 runner-up Terry Belshaw booked his place in the final by defeating second seed Ian Holmes 15-10, 15-10, 16-14.
Belshaw will face top seed John Goodrich, who has been in impeccable form all week, requiring just 24 minutes to dispatch John Rae in three 15-13, 15-7, 15-12.
Top seed Allen Barwise made light work of last year’s finalist Simon Evenden, winning 3-0 in under 20 minutes to set up a final clash with second seed and three-time National Masters champion Ian Bradburn.
Defending champion and six-time winner Mark Woodliffe moved into the final of the MO55 for a third consecutive year following a 3-1 victory over Gary Raw.
Meeting Woodliffe in the final is [5/8] Greg Loach who overcame 2013 champion Martin Greenslade in five.
The MO50 top seeds will go head-to-head in Sunday’s final as top seed and last year’s runner-up, Yawar Abbas overcame Andrew Cross 3-1 and second seed David Youngs beat Raymond Burke MBE in three.
Similarly in the MO40, top seed, Jamie Goodrich and second seed Mick Biggs will go head-to-head following three nil victories.
Defending champion and top seed Andy Whipp will lock horns with second seed Peter Bilson in the MO35 final.
Top seed Faith Sinclair continued her stellar run with a 3-0 victory over Sue Wastie taking just 23 minutes to close out the match 15-6, 15-12, 15-10.
Meanwhile, second seed and seven-time National Masters champion Bett Dryhurst came from one game down to overcome Jane Hill 9-15, 16-14, 15-12, 15-9.
There were no surprises in the WO60 as top seeds Sian Johnson  and Karen Hume  both won 3-1.
Five-time National Masters champion and top seed Mandy Akin had barely warmed up before overpowering Lesley Sturgess 15-6, 15-9, 15-3 taking just 17 minutes to advance to the WO55 final.
In contrast, 2017 champion and second seed Jill Campion had her work cut out against Hilary Kenyon but prevailed to win 3-2: 12-15, 15-7, 8-15, 8-15 and remain on track for a fourth MO55 title.
Top seed Rachel Woolford was made to work for her WO50 final berth. Sue Martin-Downhill took a 2-0 lead, but Woolford fought back to claim a monumental win: 5-15, 6-15, 15-8, 15-9, 15-13.
Meanwhile, Beverley Brockway posed little problem for second seed Kay Fallows as she romped to a 3-0 victory.
No. 1 seed Shayne Baillie advanced to the final with a 3-0 victory over two-time National Masters champion Isabelle Tweedle while 2017 champion Andrea Santamaria overcame Helen Barnard 3-1.
The top two seeds eased to the final with  Keeley Johnson and  Rachel Calver claiming 3-0 victories.
2017 champion Lauren Briggs is on track to make it four WO35 titles in four years as she beat Selina Sinclair 11-3, 11-3, 11-5.
She’ll face No. 2 seed Amina Helal, after Helal defeated Natalie Lawrence 11-0, 11-2, 11-5 in straight games.