World number one Mark Selby has crashed out of the UK Championship in York.
The 35-year-old Jester from Leicester lost in the first round of the pre TV stages of the competition to amateur James Cahill, Stephen Hendry’s nephew.
As the preliminary round got underway this week, there were also shock exits for Ryan Dynamite Day and 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy, who lost out respectively to Joe O’Connor, and a Chinese player Chen Fellong.
The 2018 English Amateur Champion O’Connor made a solid display against an under par Day.
O’Connor, 23, has played 14 matches so far this season as a professional since his big amateur win in Gloucester in May and has won 5 out of the 14.
The likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and 2018 World Champion Mark Williams are safely through to the TV stages of the tournament.
The tournament is televised from Saturday onwards on Eurosport and the BBC.
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