Friday 24 March 2017

Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King docked a frame in bizarre circumstances at UK Championship

Mark King broke down after winning a first career title
Mark King broke down after winning a first career title

Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King was docked a frame at the Betway UK Championship in York after forgetting his cue following the interval and arriving back late for the resumption of his first-round match against Sam Craigie.

King had claimed his first first ranking title in 25 years as professional by edging out Barry Hawkins in Belfast, and afterwards paid an emotional tribute to his family.

However, the Romford potter found himself 3-1 down against 22-year-old Craigie, despite producing a century break of 126.

Following the interval, King was not able to start at the allotted time, having gone back out of the arena to collect his cue, so was penalised a frame as a result.

King swiftly composed himself to reduce the deficit to 4-2 in the best-of-11 contest with the tournament's highest break so far of 141.

Rory McLeod, who has hit the headlines this week by suggesting black players do not get the same opportunities in the sport, got the better of Jak Jones.

McLeod made breaks of 53 and 108 in a scrappy 6-3 win which books his place in the next round.

There were also victories for Ross Muir, Fergal O'Brien, Zhou Yuelong, Anthony McGill and Michael Holt.

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