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Ding shocked by world No.100 in York

ESPN staff
December 2, 2014
Ding Junhui had levelled at 5-5 after being 5-1 down © Getty Images
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Ding Junhui suffered a shock third round elimination at the UK Championship after a dramatic 6-5 defeat to world No.100 James Cahill.

China's Ding rallied from 5-1 down to level at 5-5 in York before Cahill saw out the win in the final frame.

After winning the event in 2005 and 2009, Ding was considered one of the favourites for the tournament and opened with a 134 break.

However, the world No.3 lost the next five frames as Cahill raced towards victory, only for Ding to hit back by winning four successive frames himself.

Cahill, 18, then pounced on a mistake from Ding to take control of the decider and held on to secure a famous win.

Ronnie O'Sullivan paid tribute to the work done by the WPBSA to improve the tables at the York Barbican © PA Photos
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Earlier on, Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised past Ben Woollaston with a 6-2 victory to book his spot in the last 16.

Just two days after criticising the "shocking" cushions and the four-table set-up at the York Barbian Centre, the five-time world champion surged past Leicester's Woolaston after sharing the first four frames.

O'Sullivan, nursing a broken ankle he suffered while running, produced his 766th career century as he rattled through the final five frames in succession from 2-1 down, and paid tribute to the work done by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association to address the state of the tables.

"The first two matches I was struggling but my ankle feels fine now," O'Sullivan told BBC Sport. "I have to say the tables are playing unbelievably better now and well done to World Snooker for sorting that out."

O'Sullivan faces Matthew Selt for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I played well in the end but it was tough," O'Sullivan said. "Ben is one of those players that plays well against me, he scores so quickly.

"I felt like second best out there but I settled in the end. I just had to relax because I was getting frustrated."

Neil Robertson overcame Peter Ebdon 6-2 to keep his hopes of defending the title alive, while Scotland's Graeme Dott thrashed the ailing Robert Milkins 6-0 to book his spot in the last 16, the Englishman playing with an eye infection.

Elsewhere, Stephen Maguire saw off Welshman Mark Williams 6-2.

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