Mixed fortunes for duo in UK Championship

St Leonards snooker star Mark Davis is through to round three of the Betway UK Championship

St Leonards snooker star Mark Davis is through to round three of the Betway UK Championship

  • Mixed fortunes for local pair in UK Championship
  • Davis beats Doherty 6-3, but Robertson loses 6-2 to Wenbo
  • World number 20 Davis hits break of 137 in opening frame
  • St Leonards player will face Maguire or Cope in round three
  • Robertson led 2-1 before losing next five frames
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The area’s two snooker professionals experienced mixed fortunes in the Betway UK Championship this afternoon (Saturday).

St Leonards-based Mark Davis won 6-3 in his second round tie against former world champion Ken Doherty, but Bexhill cueman Jimmy Robertson was beaten 6-2 by Chinese potter Liang Wenbo.

World number 20 Davis made a blistering start with a brilliant break of 137 in the opening frame. Doherty, ranked 47, won the next aided by a run of 51 and although Davis edged the third, a 67 helped give Doherty the fourth to make it 2-2 at the interval.

Doherty scored only 14 points as Davis clinched the next two frames, helped by a break of 64 in the sixth. A run of 55 enabled Doherty to make it 4-3, but Davis won the eighth and ninth frames to seal victory.

His reward will be a third round meeting with Stephen Maguire or Jamie Cope on Monday or Tuesday. Davis previously saw off Rhys Clark 6-1 in the first round.

World number 38 Robertson narrowly lost the opening frame of his match against 29th-ranked Wenbo on the black, but comfortably took the next two, making a top break of 53 in frame two.

That was as good as it got, however, because Wenbo won the next five frames to clinch victory. The left-hander knocked in runs of 53, 93 and 84 along the way.

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