Later on this evening there are two matches. Former world number one Mark Williams faces 26 year-old Liam Highfield. Williams is the strong favourite having come from 5-3 down to defeat Ricky Walden in the last round. However, Highfield is looking to continue his recent good form by beating the former two-time champion here.

Elsewhere, Stephen Maguire faces the upcoming Belgian player Luca Brecel, who is looking to reach the quarter-final in York for the second time. Maguire, a former world number two, will be looking for his second crown in a tournament that has seen him reach at least the last eight in seven of the last nine years. Brecel has never beaten Maguire but will be looking to change that following his 6-1 victory over Yu De Lu in the last round.

 

Here’s what happened in the action earlier on today:

 

16:48 – Jamie Jones is in to the quarter finals of the UK Championship after a nervy 6-2 win over David Gilbert. Gilbert misses a red when he required snookers to hand Jones the win.

16:47 – Jones takes a long pot on and misses but leaves Gilbert snookered.

16:43 – Gilbert with some bad fortune leaves Jones with a red over the pocket after a double kiss. Gilbert now needs snookers.

16:41 – Jones pots a red to look like he is going to close the match before feeling the pressure and missing what looked like an easy green.

16:40 – As the match reaches the three hour mark a safety battle has ensued. Both plays look nervy here.

 

16:33 – Gilbert is back in the frame with a nice pot on the red to the top right corner. He then leaves the white short in positioning on the red. He misses the shot that follows.

16:31 – Jones builds his lead to 41 after a pot on the black. He then misses a tough red to give Gilbert a lifeline.

16:28 – Jones plays a great safety shot leaving Gilbert snookered behind the blue. Gilbert does brilliantly to get out of it safely.

16:25 – We now move to the other table where Jamie Jones is facing David gilbert. Jones currently leads by 5 frames to 2.

16:24 – John Higgins beats Mark Allen 6-3 to reach the quarter final of the UK Championship. He closes the match with a break of 90 after dominating the ninth frame leaving Allen with little chance to get in to it.

16:22 – He makes two shots on the pink to leave Allen needing snookers if he gets back to the table.

16:21 – Higgins in a strong position here as he moves 59 ahead and he makes a good cannon into the pack to give himself a good shot on the pink.

16:18 – Allen misses the same type of shot to put Higgins back in prime position to finish the match.

16:17 – Poor positional shot after potting a black leaves Higgins in a tough position. He then misses the shot on a red to the middle pocket for a break of 29.

16:15 – Higgins makes a tough cut on the black to take control of the ninth frame.

Live updates of John Higgins against Mark Allen in the UK Championship last 16. The score is currently 5-3 to Higgins as Allen has just conceded the eighth frame.

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