Ross Muir wins a first-round thriller in York

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Ross Muir believes the sky is the limit for him at the UK Snooker Championship after edging his way past Mark King in a first-round thriller in York.

The Edinburgh potter found himself in a war of attrition with the veteran King but despite finding himself trailing 5-4, he rattled off the final two frames to triumph 6-5.

The 20-year-old showed composure beyond his years to beat the 41-year-old Englishman, who is a two-time ranking event runner-up.

Muir’s reward is a second-round clash with either Ben Woollaston or Steven Hallworth on Saturday evening and the world No.95 admits he is on a high heading into that one.

“I was really happy with how I played the deciding frame. I was pretty solid and didn’t really do anything wrong at all, so I’m delighted to come through,” he said. “I’m a little bit disappointed with a few frames at the start and in the middle of the match where basic errors cost me the frames. I did really well to keep my focus, be positive and play on.

“Mark’s a great player. The last couple of months I’ve been working really hard on blocking everything out, whether that’s in a practice match or the UK Championship. I’m treating every ball exactly the same and it seems to be working. Even if I move to the TV tables I’m confident I can keep doing that – it’s rock solid.

“I’m really confident and I’m seeing the rewards by progressing in tournaments. I’m not setting myself any limits in this tournament now.”

Elsewhere, Bonnyrigg cueman Michael Leslie’s sub-par season continued as he was brushed aside 6-0 by Gerard Greene.

Leslie notched just 48 points across the six frames as Greene maintained the pressure on the Scot – a 138 break in frame four a particular highlight.

The 22-year-old has struggled this term, jokingly claiming he needs a miracle for things to turn around, and admits that he never truly felt at home at the Barbican Centre.

“I just didn’t get settled early on whereas he got settled and I gave him a few hand-on-the-table chances,” said Leslie.

“He looked like he was cueing pretty well and when you give a good player like that a chance to get settled, you can’t get settled yourself.

“I was letting him in far too easily and he played pretty well, so I was really disappointed

“The season hasn’t been great for me. For the first few months I was really struggling. I’ve recently moved club and have been working really hard, so I’ve been feeling good.

“It’s back to the drawing board after this tournament but I can’t work any harder on the table, so I’m not sure what I’ll do. I need a miracle!

“If you keep working you deserve a wee break to go your way, so hopefully that comes.

“I want to do as well as I can but I’m just looking at the next match, so I haven’t really got any big targets for the rest of the year.”

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