UK Championship latest: King docked a frame after forgetting his cue in York

Mark King during day two of the Betway UK Championships at the York Barbican.
Mark King during day two of the Betway UK Championships at the York Barbican.
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Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King was docked a frame at the Betway UK Championship in York after forgetting his cue following the interval and arriving back late as he suffered a 6-2 first-round defeat by Sam Craigie.

King had claimed his first ranking title in 25 years as professional by edging out Barry Hawkins in Belfast last week, and afterwards paid an emotional tribute to his family.

However, the Romford potter found himself 3-1 down against 22-year-old Craigie, despite producing a century break of 126.

Following the interval, King was not able to start at the allotted time, having gone back out of the arena to collect his cue, so was penalised a frame as a result.

King swiftly composed himself to reduce the deficit to 4-2 in the best-of-11 contest with the tournament’s highest break so far of 141.

It was, though, Craigie who edged a tense seventh frame 77-65 to move to the brink of victory which the Walkerville player wrapped up at the first opportunity with runs of 62 and 72 in the next frame.

Elsewhere in the afternoon sessions, world number six Shaun Murphy recovered from being 3-1 down at the interval to beat Itaro Santos of Brazil 6-3.

Earlier on Wednesday, three-time champion John Higgins progressed following a 6-3 win over Alex Borg of Malta while Liang Wenbo, runner-up in 2015, scored two century breaks in his 6-1 victory over Australian Kurt Dunham.

Higgins won back-to-back tournaments at the China Championship and the Champion of Champions event in Coventry.

The Scot said on World Snooker’s Official YouTube channel: “I did not play great, but obviously a win is a win. I am quite friendly with Alex on the tour and it is tough to get yourself up when you are playing one of your mates.

“It was looking touch and go at one point, Alex should have gone 3-2 in front and I managed to nick it, which probably changed the game.”

Ireland’s Ken Doherty, the 1997 world champion, is out following a 6-0 defeat by Noppon Saengkham of Thailand.

Pickering’s Paul S Davison joined fellow Yorkshireman Oliver Lines in reaching the second round in York.

Davison, 45, beat Gary Wilson 6-3, with top breaks of 76 and 57.

Leeds potter Lines, 21, beat Martin O’Donnell 6-5 in a late night finish on Tuesday.

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