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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

UK Championship Last 32 round up.

A week into the UK Championship and we are now down to 16 men left in the running to become the 2014 champion.

Here again are the main talking points.

  • Only one place to start with this really and that is the defeat of Ding Junhui who went out to 18 year old James Cahill.Many had expected an easy passage through for Ding here.but despite starting with a century he never again looked comfortable in the match as he fell 5-1 behind. To is credit he battled back hard to get within one at 5-4. An extraordinary tenth frame looked to be going to Cahill when he left Ding needing three snookers with one red left,but The Chinese got one snooker and a free ball to get back in it and after a tense safety battle he eventually cleared from green to force the decider. .
  • Into the decider and it was Ding who got in first only to miss on 32. Cahill now had his chance and he duly took it with some amazing pots to complete a famous victory.6-5.
  • He'll next face Mark Davis who edged out Joe Perry 6-5.  
  • The defending champion Neil Robertson has struggled a bit of late,but there were signs here that the Aussie is starting to find some again as he beat Peter Ebdon 6-2.Robertson next faces Graeme Dott who knocked in three centuries on the way to a 6-0 win over an out of sorts Robert Milkins
  • There were also signs today that Ronnie O'Sullivan is finding his feet in this tournament,in more ways then one,as he showed flashes of form in beating Ben Woollaston 6-2. It would appear his ankle injury is responding well to the physio he has been receiving and he certainly looked more comfortable moving around the table today.Other be warned!
  • Ronnie now faces Matt Selt who eventually got by Rory Mcleod 6-4.
  • Stephen Maguire played his best snooker in quite some time in beating Mark Williams 6-2 and will next face David Morris,who proved his win over Mark Selby was no flash in the pan,beating Davis Gilbert 6-2 to advance to the the last 16.
  • Another man in the doldrums of late has been John Higgins,but he too has started to find some much needed confidence and went through here with a 6-2 victory over Matthew Stevens.He'll next face Anthony McGill who came through a decider to beat Nigel Bond 6-5
  • Stuart Bingham survived a real test against Joel Walker,eventually coming through 6-5 and will next face Ricky Walden who by contrast had a much easier time in beating Ken Doherty 6-1.
  • Shaun Murphy held off a spirited fight back from Jack Lisowski to take the frame he needed to beat the youngster 6-4.He'll now face Marco Fu,in a replay of the 2008 final.
  • Three centuries help Judd Trump beat Fraser Patrick 6-3 and he next plays Rod Lawler who shocked Mark Allen with a 6-4 victory

Last 16 Order of Play.
Wednesday
1pm Anthony McGill v John Higgins
1pm Stuart Bingham v Ricky Walden

7pm James Cahill v Mark Davis
7pm Neil Robertson v Graeme Dott

Thursday
1pm Judd Trump v Rod Lawler
1pm Shaun Murphy v Marco Fu.

7pm Matthew Selt v Ronnie O'Sulivan
7pmStephen Maguire v David Morris

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