UK Championship snooker: Mark King beats former world champion Mark Williams
Last Updated: 04/12/12 7:25am
Mark King: Good win over Mark Williams
Mark Williams became the latest big name to be dumped out of the UK Championship in York after he lost 6-3 against fellow left-hander Mark King.
Former world champion Williams is the fourth member of the top 10 to crash out at the Barbican Centre in the second-biggest ranking event on the snooker schedule.
World number five Williams had a terrible start to the match as he lost five of the first six frames to be staring defeat in the face at 5-1 down.
King needed just one more frame for victory, and although Williams hit back to win the next two world number 32 King took the next after a prolonged safety exchange to book his place in the last 16.
"I was terrible. Shocking," said Williams, a two-time winner of the event. "I felt all right going in but I couldn't pot three balls on the trot.
"The table was beautiful, there was a good crowd, everything you could want. It's getting boring for me to say how badly I am playing. I couldn't beat a man with no arms at the minute."
The win put King into the second round of the UK Championship for the first time in three years.
"I played pretty solid and you take whatever you can get," he said. "I made a 50-odd and made a century and I'm happy."
Belgian teenager Luca Brecel claimed the biggest scalp of his blossoming career as he knocked Ricky Walden out.
The 17-year-old secured his first major win on the professional tour 20 minutes before midnight, taking a final-frame decider to emerge a 6-5 winner.