Snooker - Selby eases to victory over White

Mark Selby eased through the opening round of the UK Championships with a 6-3 win over Michael White at the Barbican in York.

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Mark Selby

There looked to be a potential upset on the cards as White pegged the world number two back to three frames apiece, but the more experienced man's class told as he raced away with the final three.

Selby moves to the next round where he will play Ryan Day, who beat Ding Junhui six games to four.

Michael White started nervously as Selby raced into a two frame lead. A break of 28 in the first frame was enough in a pretty scrappy opening.

The second frame could and probably should have been won by White after a knock of 54, but a missed red into the corner gave Selby a chance to nick it and he didn't disappoint.

White took the third frame as he started to gain in confidence. He was a bit shaky at times in positioning the cue ball, but nonetheless it was an excellent break of 82.

A shock was looking like it could be developing after White levelled at two frames all. It solid knock of 45 from Selby, but White got out of an awkward snooker and replied with a 30 brake, taking the frame on the black.

They traded frames after the interval, Selby again moving ahead after a 59 break, but being caught by the youngster in the sixth, White taking it on the pink.

It looked like it would go all the way at this point, but Selby’s experience told as he started to cut out his earlier mistakes. Knocks of 32 and 45 in the seventh frame put him ahead, and from there he ran away with it.

The world number two took the final two frames with relative ease, with a century break of 105 – the only one of the contest – clinching victory.

In the evening session’s other match-up, Graeme Dott overcame the world number 20 Martin Gould to move into the second round, where he’ll play either Sean Murphy or Robert Milkins.

Dott was down 5-3 at one point and seemingly on his way out at the first time of asking, but he reeled off three frames in a row to take it by a whisker.

It was a tight affair throughout, and one that lacked a little in quality. The final frame could have gone either way, but a mistake by Gould on a relatively simple red allowed Dott to build a break of 55. Gould couldn’t respond with the snookers he needed and the Scot could breathe a sigh of relief.

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