THAILAND star Dechawat Poomjaeng provided the drama on the third day of the UK Championship after he came back from 5-1 down to beat fellow countryman Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
Poomjaeng, whose eccentric style and comical antics on the baize made him a crowd favourite in this year’s World Championship, is through to the second round after he won five frames on the bounce despite looking set for an early exit.
Un-Nooh made himself a huge favourite when he battled his way into a 4-0 lead before Poomjaeng pulled a frame back with a break of 48.
The sixth frame saw Un-Nooh restore his four-frame lead and go just one from victory thanks to a break of 65.
But Poomjaeng, ranked 62 in the world, had a big trick up his sleeve to create a magical comeback as breaks of 52, 83, 62 and another run of 62 saw him turn the match around and clinch an unlikely victory.
The third day also saw some of the sport’s top stars record comfortable victories.
Judd Trump, who lifted the UK Championship title back in 2011, began his bid to regain the crown with a 6-2 win over amateur player Gareth Green.
Mark Allen, who Trump beat in the UK Championship final of two years ago, started with a convincing 6-1 win over young Welshman Jak Jones.
Two-times world champion Mark Williams appeared in good form with a 6-2 first round win over Allan Taylor and last year’s semi-finalist Graeme Dott eased through beating Fraser Patrick 6-2.
Ali Carter, searching for his first UK Championship title, beat Ratchayothin Yotharuck 6-1 and Champion of Champions finalist Stuart Bingham whitewashed Ahmed Saif in a 6-0 win.
Fans favourite Jimmy White secured his place in the next round with a 6-4 win over Michael Wasley but there no such joy for former world champion Ken Doherty who lost a deciding frame shootout against John Astley.
Another surprise scoreline saw recent Antwerp Open semi-finalist Ben Woollaston suffer an early exit, losing 6-2 to Stuart Carrington.
Thursday’s other R1 results:
David MORRIS 6-4 Jamie COPE
Michael HOLT 6-1 Lee PAGE
Jimmy ROBERTSON 6-3 Li YAN
Nigel BOND 6-3 Craig STEADMAN
Rory McLEOD 6-3 Martin O’DONNELL
Dave HAROLD 6-1 Chen ZHE
Paul DAVISON 6-4 Gerard GREENE
Zhang ANDA 6-3 Cao YUPENG
Liu CHUANG 6-1 Tony DRAGO
Peter EBDON 6-1 Andrew NORMAN
Peter LINES 6-2 Sam BAIRD