Robertson beats Davis at UK Championship

Jimmy Robertson is through to the last 32 of the UK Championship in York.

Jimmy Robertson is through to the last 32 of the UK Championship in York.

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Jimmy Robertson beat Mark Davis in the battle of the area's two snooker professionals at the Betway UK Championship last night (Sunday).

World number 36 Robertson, from Bexhill, was a 6-2 victor over St Leonards-based Davis in round two at the York Barbican, knocking in a magnificent 140 break along the way.

Robertson got off to a flying start, winning all of the first four frames in a match between two friends who regularly practice together at O'Sullivan's Snooker & Pool Club in Bexhill.

The 30-year-old crafted a 71 break to clinch the opener before winning two fairly tight frames and then fashioning that 140 total clearance to go 4-0 up.

World number 30 Davis got himself on the scoreboard with a run of 89 to clinch frame five only for Robertson to move within one of victory at 5-1 thanks to an 84 in the next.

Davis kept the match alive with a splendid 107 in frame seven, but Robertson sealed victory in the next with the help of a 61 - his third 60-plus break of the match in addition to the 140.

Mark Davis knocked in breaks of 89 and 107 in the two frames he won.

Mark Davis knocked in breaks of 89 and 107 in the two frames he won.

Robertson's reward is a third round meeting with 61st-ranked rising star Oliver Lines, who stunned world number three Judd Trump 6-2 last night. That match will take place from 1pm tomorrow.

Robertson previously whitewashed Malaysian cueman Thor Chuan Leong 6-0 in round one, while Davis saw off Sydney Wilson 6-3.

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