UK Championship snooker – Blackpool’s James Cahill pulls off shock first round victory

James Cahill in action (Credit: Benutzer Bill da Flute, Wikimedia Commons)

Blackpool’s James Cahill has secured his spot in the second round of the UK Championship with a 6-4 win over world number 11 David Gilbert in York.

The 23-year-old will face one-time ranking event winner Anthony Hamilton when the televised action begins on Saturday at the Barbican Arena.

The win over Gilbert is his second win of the season, having faced tough draws against the likes of Judd Trump, Mark Allen and Mark Williams so far this campaign.

After the game, Cahill told the BBC: “I have maybe tried too hard since the Worlds (in April, when he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan in round one) and maybe put too much pressure to get to where I think I should be.

“I have not had a great season so far but have been playing some good stuff and am glad it showed out there.”

Cahill raced into a 2-0 lead against Gilbert, which included a break of 130 in frame two, before being pegged back to trail 3-2.

The game was then finely poised at 4-4 before Cahill sealed the last two frames to stun the World Championship semi-finalist.

Preston’s Ian Burns is through to round two (Credit: Benutzer Bill da Flute, Wikimedia Commons)

Elsewhere, Preston’s Ian Burns produced a 6-0 whitewash over reigning Indian Open champion Matt Selt.

The 34-year-old produced five breaks of over 50, including a score of 103 in the fifth frame.

Burns, ranked number 101 in the world, will face Michael Holt in round two after “The Hitman” defeated Adam Stefanow.

There were also wins for John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Mark Selby, whilst Ronnie O’Sullivan and reigning world champion Trump are in action tonight.