Davis cruises past Cao

Mark Davis will face John Higgins in round two of the UK Championship
Mark Davis will face John Higgins in round two of the UK Championship

Mark Davis was a convincing winner in round one of the UK Snooker Championship yesterday (Sunday).

The St Leonards cueman saw off Chinese qualifier Cao Yupeng 6-1 to set up a second round showdown against four-time world champion John Higgins on Wednesday evening.

World number 16 Davis - seeded in a full ranking event for only the second time in his career - came through the opening frame 69-22 with a top break of 41.

He then breezed the second 108-0 thanks to runs of 58 and 50 before overturning a 56-point deficit to clinch the third via a superb 79 clearance.

The 40-year-old opened up a commanding 4-0 cushion going into the interval after winning the next 92-0 with the help of a 68. Yupeng got himself on the scoreboard by edging the fifth 76-55 despite a Davis 51.

But Six Reds World Champion Davis moved within one of victory by claiming frame six 69-2 with a best effort of 37 and finished the job by bagging the seventh 93-28 aided by runs of 38 and 48.

It was the most decisive result of the tournament so far and Davis will now be setting his sights on a third full ranking event quarter-final of the season having reached the last four of the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open back in the summer.

UK Championship second round draw: Mark Joyce v Ali Carter; Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire; Mark Williams or Mark King v Ricky Walden or Luca Brecel; Graeme Dott v Shaun Murphy; John Higgins v Mark Davis; Matthew Stevens or Dominic Dale v Marco Fu; Neil Robertson or Tom Ford v Barry Hawkins; Ryan Day v Mark Selby.