UK Snooker Championship 2017: Michael Holt unhappy with 'terrible' first-round display

Michael Holt
Michael Holt will play Thailand's Sunny Akani in the second round on Sunday
2017 UK Championship
Date: 28 Nov-10 Dec Venue: York Barbican
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 2 December.

Michael Holt joked he was so bad during parts of his UK Championship first-round win that he could be investigated for trying to throw the match.

Holt, 39, led China's Nui Zhuang 2-0 but was pegged back to 2-2 in an increasingly error-strewn contest.

The world number 25 from Nottingham won a nervy black-ball fifth frame and, although Nui won the next three, Holt eventually clinched victory.

"I only won because he was worse than I was," said Holt.

"That's all I can say about it. It was bad, it was terrible, but I've been playing terribly all season really.

"There might be an investigation for the balls I missed! I'm fully expecting to be investigated by the betting firms because you just can't miss those balls."

Holt managed two noteworthy breaks, scoring 80 in the second frame and 89 in the 10th, but he gave a scathing assessment of his own performance in beating world number 107 Nui.

Holt faces Thailand's Sunny Akani in the second round at the York Barbican on Sunday.

"I had my chances to win it loads of times," he added. "I'm lucky. I'm in the draw - what can I say? I have a chance, although they're slim.

"But in all seriousness, it can all change in a heartbeat. I'm working really hard."

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