Lines settles down to make impact at York

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NOW the first-round nerves are out of the way, Leeds potter Peter Lines is happy to take on anyone at the UK Championship in York.

Lines beat Sam Baird 6-2 on Thursday at the York Barbican to clinch a second round meeting with Ricky Walden tomorrow morning.

The 43-year-old admitted he felt a weight lift from his shoulders.

“To be honest, now I have won the first round match I am not really bothered who I play because you feel like you’re into it anyway,” he said.

“The first one is really important to me – and it shouldn’t be, it should kind of get harder. But after that I don’t mind who I play, which is a bit weird.

“Before the interval I felt really good. I was really nervous at the off because it was obviously a really important game for both of us because we are right next to each other in the rankings.

“I felt really good – I have been working hard in practice. I started to tire near the end of the match but I am really pleased with the performance.”

Lines took the first two frames of the match but soon found 25-year-old Baird pegging him back.

However, the veteran pulled away from 3-2 up to win three consecutive frames – but not without a slice of luck.

“There were a couple of really crucial frames in the middle of the match,” added Lines.

“At 3-2 to go 4-2 he was on the black ball and I won it and then he just needs the yellow and the green to win the next frame and he has missed it.

“Then I cleared up on that frame to go 5-2 up and I won the last one easy. It could have been a lot closer.”

Today sees the first-round matches conclude, Sheffield-based Ding Junhui taking on Middlesbrough’s Antony Parsons.

Pickering’s Paul Davison is set for the biggest match of his 21-year career today when he meets former World Champion Shaun Murphy in their second-round match. Davison – the 42-year-old enjoyed a 6-4 first-round win over Gerard Greene – trains in York and will have the home support of the Barbican.

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