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Heartbreak for Ken Doherty as Ronnie O'Sullivan prevails in final frame thriller at UK Championship

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Ronnie O'Sullivan (right) after beating Ken Doherty, during day six of the Betway UK Championship at The York Barbican. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 2, 2018. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ronnie O'Sullivan (right) after beating Ken Doherty, during day six of the Betway UK Championship at The York Barbican. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 2, 2018. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ronnie O'Sullivan (right) after beating Ken Doherty, during day six of the Betway UK Championship at The York Barbican. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 2, 2018. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Tournament favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan survived an unexpected scare before continuing the defence of his UK Championship title in York.

O'Sullivan was 3-0 and 4-1 down to Ken Doherty in their second-round clash at the Barbican, before recovering to win 6-5 in an 11th-frame decider.

While Doherty is a former world champion, he is on the Tour courtesy of a two-year invitation from World Snooker, so a win over O'Sullivan - who remains the game's best player - would have been a huge shock.

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