Paul Davison was the toast of York last night after his shock first-round victory at the williamhill.com UK Championship.
The 42-year-old from Pickering in North Yorkshire, who was playing at the York Barbican for the first time in his career despite training in the city, beat Gerard Greene 6-4.
The world No 75’s win secured a second-round match with 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy and the biggest match of his 21-year career.
Before the tournament, Davison revealed to the Yorkshire Post how he was “playing the best snooker of my life at the moment”.
He reached the last 32 of the Australian Open earlier this year, but victory over Greene will thrust Davison into the spotlight with the BBC cameras televising his match with former Rotherham potter Murphy.
“It was great looking up and seeing 20 or 30 friends. It was like practising in the club,” said Davison.
“It was a really good boost. This win is in the top three highlights of my career and it is just fantastic.”
Also through is Leeds potter Peter Lines after a 6-2 win over Sam Baird.
But there was no progress for Bradford amateur Gareth Green who lost last night to former world No 1 Judd Trump.
Trump, a previous winner of the UK title, beat 23-year-old Green 6-2 at the York Barbican to join veteran Jimmy White in the second round. White beat Michael Wasley 6-4 and next plays Stuart Bingham, who saw off Qatar’s Ahmed Saif 6-0.
Green, who works full-time as an asbestos surveyor, fell 3-0 behind to Trump, but responded well as breaks of 55 and 90 narrowed the deficit to just one frame.
But then Trump stepped up a gear, reeling off the last three frames, including a 104 break, to clinch victory.
Former world champion Ken Doherty suffered a first-round shock as Gateshead’s John Astley edged him out 6-5.
“It’s the biggest win of my career so far,” said world No 99 Astley.
“I was nervous when it came to the decider, but I felt I controlled those nerves by taking one shot at a time to make sure I potted everything.
“I’ve been playing really well in practice over the last month or so and obviously it’s a case of doing it on the match table.
“I remember coming down here as a 12- or 13 year-old to watch the UK Championship so to think I’ve come and won my first match here, it’s quite a special moment.”
Today there are a trio of Sheffield-based players in action, including Indian duo Aditya Mehta (playing Robbie Williams) and Pankaj Advani (playing Tian Pengfei), plus 21-year-old Mitchell Travis faces Marco Fu.
Leeds potter Sanderson Lam has a tough opening game against Stephen Maguire.