UK Championship: Mark Selby battles past Martin O’Donnell to reach last 16

By Owen Phillips

BBC Sport on the York Barbican

Impress Selby is sixth on this planet snooker rankings

Two-time champion Impress Selby showed his trademark combating qualities to reach round four of the UK Championship with a 6-3 purchase over Martin O’Donnell.

Selby, 36, misplaced the outlet body as world quantity 38 O’Donnell scored the first of three breaks of larger than 50.

However the Leicester man answered to purchase a painstaking mini-session session 3-1 and rarely remained at arm’s measurement as he closed out a watchful purchase.

“I obtained the job finished and that’s the explanation about all I did invent,” Selby informed BBC Sport.

“It was as soon as a dismal match from launch to invent however I obtained.

“There don’t seem like many positives to scheme shut from it however I am into the following round and I can ideally suited enhance.”

The 16-time ranking occasion winner ideally suited managed two half of-centuries however his tactical superiority proved very crucial as he progressed proper into a closing-16 find with 2003 UK champion Matthew Stevens.

World quantity 18 Gary Wilson persevered his dazzling make as he beaten fellow Englishman Joe Perry 6-1.

The 34-year-dilapidated grew to change into ideally suited the third participant to ranking four successive centuries in a match when he came from 4-0 down to beat Chris Wakelin 6-4 in round two.

And Wilson, who reached the semi-finals of the World Championship this year, was as soon as equally imperious against world quantity 15 Perry.

Breaks of 74, 103, 75 and 101 saw him storm proper into a 4-1 lead and he had microscopic distress taking the closing two frames to residence up a meeting with Judd Trump’s conqueror Nigel Bond on Thursday.

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In other locations. China’s Yan Bingtao comfortably beat an out-of-kinds world quantity 13 Jack Lisowski 6-3.

The closing-16 ties launch on Wednesday afternoon when three-time champion John Higgins takes on outdated world champion Stuart Bingham and world quantity seven Impress Allen faces world quantity 42 Kurt Maflin.

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