UK Championship 2016: Ryan Day hails Welsh progress in York

Ryan Day
Ryan Day has won three non-ranking tournaments
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 22 November to 4 December
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Ryan Day feels Welsh players are "punching above their weight" at the UK Championship in York.

The 36-year-old became the fifth Welshman to reach the last 32 when he beat London-born Norwegian Kurt Maflin 6-2.

Day will next face Mark Allen, who made his first career maximum break of 147 during his 6-4 second round win against Rod Lawler at the York Barbican.

"Five out of 32 - we're punching above our weight," Day told BBC Wales Sport.

"It could have been six but unfortunately two of the Welsh lads had to play each other."

Jamie Jones was the only Welsh player to get through to the third round of the tournament last year.

Matthew Stevens beat fellow Welshman Michael White 6-4 in the second round and will face Joe Perry in the next round.

The 2003 UK champion admits he will have to play "a lot better" to reach the last 16.

Of the five Welsh players through to the next round in York, only Day and Mark Williams are ranked in the world's top 32.

World number 16 Williams - twice a UK champion in 1999 and 2002 - will be up against Ricky Walden - ranked one place below him.

Both Dominic Dale and Jamie Jones will take on former UK champions in their third round games on Tuesday.

Dale will play against England's Shaun Murphy while Jones will face Ding Junhui of China.

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