MARTIN Gould was the biggest casualty of the second day of the UK Championship after he suffered a surprise early exit against a player ranked 88 places below him.
Gould, who last week competed in the Champion of Champions event lost 6-3 to Chris Norbury this evening – a player ranked 112th in the world.
Last season’s Sky Shoot Out winner won three of the first five frames but Norbury managed to pull off one of his biggest career wins winning four frames on the bounce with breaks of 68, 56, 53 and 59.
The second day of the snooker’s second-biggest ranking event saw more surprises as world number 21 Ryan Day suffered an early exit to Chris Wakelin
Day had recovered from 4-1 down to lead 5-4. But Wakelin won the final two frames to secure a place in the next round.
Promising talent Jack Lisowski also crashed out of the competition after he let slip a 4-0 lead before losing 6-4 to Michael Leslie.
The defeat will be a hard one for Lisowski to take given that he appeared to rediscover some form when he reached the semi-finals of the Antwerp Open earlier this month.
Elsewhere, Michael White eased into the second round with a 6-0 win over Joe Swail. Andrew Higginson and Liang Wenbo enjoyed comfortable 6-2 wins over Hammad Miah and Elliot Slessor respectively.
Anthony McGill had to pot the final black to ensure his place in the second round – beating Kyren Wilson in an epic match 6-5.
Scotland’s Marcus Campbell beat talented teenager Lyu Haotian in a deciding frame thriller and China’s Yu Delu defeated David Grace 6-3.
Alan McManus, fresh from his commentary duties on ITV4, returned to the baize by winning a thrilling match against Joel Walker – potting a re-spotted black in the final moments.
There were also wins for Jamie Burnett and Li Hang who beat Simon Bedford and David Gilbert respectively with 6-4 wins.