Leeds potter Grace sets up a last-16 showdown with Ebdon in York

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DAVID Grace came through an epic last-32 battle with Jack Lisowski to keep his fairytale run at the UK Snooker Championship alive last night.The Leeds cueman has had a memorable week in York, beating Andrew Higginson in round one, downing world No.17 Robert Milkins in style in the last 64 and now seeing off Lisowski 6-4.

He made a break of 52 in the opening frame against Lisowski, although the talented Cheltenham youngster still pinched it to move 1-0 ahead.

Grace responded to level proceedings at 1-1 but his opponent made a fluent 89 in third and was 3-1 ahead at the mid-session interval.

The Leeds potter is currently ranked 81 in the world, although he will now enter the world’s top 75, and demonstrated his grit and determination after the interval. Grace cleans tables at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds to earn extra money and swept the 24-year-old off the baize to once again tie things up at 3-3, a knock of 75 in frame five particularly impressive. The pair then traded frames seven and eight to leave things finely poised at 4-4 before Grace admirably kept his cool to rattle off the final two frames and book a last-16 match with Peter Ebdon.

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