White books spot in round two

Six-time World Championship finalist Jimmy White booked a second-round showdown with Ding Junhui after beating fellow veteran Dave Harold in the UK Championship in York.

White enjoyed a 6-2 success in his opening game at the Barbican Centre, with breaks of 63 and 110 in the fifth and sixth frames to move forward.

Ding awaits after a routine 6-0 dismissal of John Sutton.

White, who won the competition in 1992, said: "This is what I play the game for, to play the top players. It's good to have a crack at him (Ding).

"I'm playing OK - it's just about getting it together on the day."

Two-time champion Ding, who started his match with three successive half-centuries, said: "I watched a lot of Jimmy White when I was a little boy. He has a lot of fans in China. He used to play very quick."

John Higgins made breaks of 80 and 55 in a 6-2 win over Lee Walker to book a meeting with Jamie Cope, who beat John Astley 6-2.

However, after his victory he lamented the crowded conditions at the event, which caused 2006 world champion Graeme Dott to liken the secondary sports hall arena to "a toilet" after beating Alexander Ursenbacher 6-2.

Higgins said: "Last year they said they weren't going to have the four tables in the sports hall again so if you're put in there you're going to be pretty upset.

"For an ex-world champion to be thrown out 'into the toilet', he's obviously understandably upset."

The amended format has also caused consternation, with all matches up to the semi-finals now the best of 11 frames.

"It lost its shine when they cut it to best of 17 a few years ago, in my eyes," he said. "It was never the same tournament again. In my eyes it's really devalued now."

Teenager James Cahill pulled off an impressive 6-0 win over Mark King.

The unheralded Blackpool professional, who made an 84 break in frame three, said: "I played here last year so I know what to expect this year.

"If I play well I feel like I can compete with the best. I didn't expect to beat him 6-0 but snooker can go like that sometimes."

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