Do­herty runs O’Sul­li­van close in York

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Tour­na­ment favourite Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van sur­vived an un­ex­pected scare be­fore con­tin­u­ing the de­fence of his UK Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in York yes­ter­day.

O’Sul­li­van was 3-0 and 4-1 down to Ire­land’s Ken Do­herty in their sec­ond-round clash at the Bar­bican, be­fore re­cov­er­ing to win 6-5 in an 11th-frame de­cider.

While Do­herty is a for­mer world cham­pion, he is on the Tour courtesy of a two-year in­vi­ta­tion from World Snooker, so a win over O’Sul­li­van would have been a huge shock.

Ding Jun­hui beat Matthew Selt 6-5 and Joe Perry beat Michael Holt 6-1, but Peter Eb­don lost 6-4 to David Gil­bert and a frus­trated John Hig­gins suf­fered a 6-5 loss to Alan McManus.

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