UK Championship: Mark Davis not blaming conditions after 'lucky' win

Mark Davis
Mark Davis has reached the semi-finals of four ranking events during his career
UK Championship, York Barbican
Dates: 25 November-7 December
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Mark Davis has said conditions at the UK Championship continue to be an issue and need to be addressed, but refused to blame the tables after a "lucky" second-round victory over Joe Perry.

World number 19 Davis won a scrappy and tense encounter 6-5 on Tuesday night.

"It was an awful match," Davis, 42, told BBC Sport.

"There's no excuse missing easy balls, but there were a lot of kicks, and the cushions were flying off. The table was very difficult, which doesn't help."

The Sussex potter faces James Cahill - a shock winner over Ding Junhui - in the third round on Wednesday and said he would be flagging up concerns about the playing conditions at the York Barbican in his role on a player liaison group.

Four-time UK champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was the biggest name to complain and the sport's governing body, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, employed table-fitters on Sunday night to correct problematic cushion bounces.

Dragging down and digging in
"I probably dragged Joe down to my level. I was trying my hardest but it has been a struggle all week. I can't believe I won - it's a bit of mystery how I did. I am proud of the way I have dug in.."

O'Sullivan has since praised the action and the improvement following his game on Tuesday afternoon, but Davis said it has not made a difference on all the tables.

"We used to get very few complaints and I am not one to complain, but you want honesty," Davis said.

"And if the tables are not playing right then the players should have the right to say and get something done about it.

"It's very unlike Ronnie to moan about conditions so if he does it just shows. Hopefully we can do something about it and get it right. It will definitely come up in the next meeting."

Conditions aside, Davis said he must show a marked improvement on his victory over world number 12 Perry if he is to continue his run.

"We both really struggled and I probably dragged Joe down to my level," Davis added.

"I was trying my hardest but it has been a struggle all week. I can't believe I won - it's a bit of mystery how I did. I just managed to hang in. I am proud of the way I have dug in.

"I am just delighted to get through and hopefully I can improve - and I will have to because you only get away with that one time in a thousand against Joe. I was very fortunate."

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