Snooker referee Ben Williams felt the wrath of a wasp at the 2020 Masters after attempting to remove it from the Alexandra Palace arena.

Williams stepped in during the fifth frame of the match between Jack Lisowski and Kyren Wilson when the latter was disturbed by the barbed insect at the table.

Williams grabbed the winged intruder with his gloved hand, but was stung immediately and received medical assistance at the end of the frame.

Wilson, who lost the opening two frames, offered the official a hug after the incident, and went on to win the frame to lead his opponent 3-2 in the best-of-11 match.  

Wilson then went in to overdrive, compiling breaks of 68, 67 and 70 to seal his place in the quarter-finals. 

"Jack started off like a house on fire, going for everything and potting everything like we know he can do," Wilson said.

"First two frames I didn't really see a ball. After that I settled down and started to play snooker like I know I can.

"I felt like I didn't want to take any undue risks. I kept it tight but took my chances when they came.

"I know how dangerous Jack can be. When I started getting a frame or two ahead I didn't want to throw him in the balls and make it easy for him to refind his rhythm."

Wilson will play 2015 World Champion Bingham for a place in the semi-finals - Bingham reached the semis in 2016, and was keen to go further after beating Mark Williams 6-2.

"Obviously my record here isn't the best, so every match is like a final for me," said Bingham.

"I've played alright, a few little things here and there, but as the match went on I've grown a bit more in confidence.

"The top 16 in the world are here and they're all here on merit. They're all great players.

"If you don't turn up you'll get beaten."