Ding Jungui has been struck out of the UK snooker Championship following a 6-2 trashing from Jamie Jones in the last 32 of the competition
Ding Junhui has been struggling to find any form since winning the Shanghai snooker Masters back in September. Even before then, the Chinese sensation found himself having to qualify for the World Championships because he dropped out of the top 16.
Since then, Ding has got himself back to No.5 in the world and was hoping to go far in this years UK Championship.
Tonight, World No.37 Jamie Jones ruined Dings’s chances of glory here in York with a 6-2 win.
It was 2-2 going into the interval, but Ding struggled to find any form after the break and Jamie Jones took the rest of the frames to win.
Ding Junhui now joins some other big names such as Neil Robertson, Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump who have all crashed out early here in the UK Championship.
Earlier today Shaun Murphy survived a scare as Dominic Dale almost managed to knock the magician out.
The first half of the match was all about Murphy, as he knocked in some fine breaks but the lights went out for the magician and Dominic Dale took 4 frames in a row to force the decider.
In the deciding frame both players had their chances among the balls, but it was Murphy who managed to crawl over the line to book his spot in the last 16. Although Murphy won the match, Dale played some superb snooker to push the magician the whole way.
Mark Williams also survived a deciding frame shootout against Ricky Walden in a thriller of a match. From 5-3 down, Williams looked like losing, but in the next frame he won and in the decider, Williams made a break of 91 to win.