John Higgins exited the UK Championship last night after losing to Mark Davis. The Daily Shift’s Darragh McGhee has more…
John Higgins made a 147 at the UK Championship in York last night, but it was not enough as he still crashed out at the hands of Mark Davis. Trailing 5-2, Higgins burst in to life by making his second maximum of the season. The feat never looked in doubt as he hoovered up 15 reds and 15 blacks. He could even afford a smile after potting the blue to put him on 134.
The fact that there is no dividing partition between the two tables at this year’s event made it all the more special for the crowd that was gathered in The Barbican Centre. It appeared to be a turning point in the match as he went on to win the next two frames to level the match at 5 all.
However, there was to be even more drama in the decider as Davis opened up a 53 point lead, coming unstuck after his cannon into the pack left him with a tricky red to the middle, which he missed.
This allowed Higgins to clear up as far as the pink. Unlike the 8th frame, he was not smiling before or after this one. He was left kicking himself as he missed the relatively easy pink.
After a brief bout of safety, Davis was presented with the opportunity to win the match when Higgins played a poor containing shot. He made no mistake as he chipped the pink into the corner pocket.
The wizard of Wishaw has the consolation of a maximum and the fact that his beloved Celtic reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on the same night, to cheer him up.
However, first prize goes to Davis, who will now face Mathew Stevens in the quarter final. In today’s quarter-finals, Ali Carter and Shaun Murphy both progressed to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash. Carter disposed of Stuart Bingham on a scoreline of 6 frames to 4, but fellow Englishman Murphy had a lot more difficulty getting past the challenge of Luka Brecel.
The precocious Belgian had chances to win it in the second last frame and also in the decider, but he missed a tough pink into the corner. Murphy then made no mistake in potting the pink in the left middle pocket, giving him a narrow 6-5 victory.