UK Championship 2014: Selby, White & Higgins through

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Barbican Centre, York
Mark Selby
Mark Selby's wife Vikki gave birth to a baby girl last week
UK Championship, York Barbican
Dates: 25 November - 7 December
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, Two, Red Button, online, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 29 November.

World champion Mark Selby cruised into the second round of the UK Championship with victory over amateur Oliver Brown.

Selby became a father for the first time last week and had barely practised, but showed very little rustiness in his 6-0 win.

He has been joined in the last 64 by crowd favourite Jimmy White and other former UK champions John Higgins, Matthew Stevens and Ding Junhui.

But six-time champion Steve Davis lost to world number eight Ricky Walden.

Davis, 57, battled from 2-0 down to level before Walden rattled off breaks of 100 and 98 on his way to a 6-2 victory.

Davis's fellow legend White won four straight frames, including scoring a stylish ton in the sixth, to close out an impressive 6-2 win over Dave Harold.

The 1992 champion now faces a mouth-watering meeting with China's two-time UK Champion Ding, who thrashed Irish amateur John Sutton 6-0.

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan tweeted a picture of his injured ankle

White was encouraged by his victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd who gave him a fantastic reception.

"It's nice to play in a proper arena," the 52-year-old said. "I played pretty well in the second half of the match.

"I will have to play very well to beat Ding but on my day I can still beat anybody and those games are why I still play the game. I can still play."

Meanwhile Ronnie O'Sullivan has said he still hopes to play his first-round match after hurting his ankle while running.

The four-time UK champion, who faces amateur Daniel Wells on Thursday, said on Twitter:external-link "Might be one legged snooker at the #UKChampionship on Thursday."

Earlier in the day Higgins and Stevens recorded 6-2 wins to progress with the minimum of fuss.

Three-time UK Championship winner Higgins was relieved after his routine win over Lee Walker while Stevens beat Allan Taylor.

Higgins, who won the tournament in 1998, 2000 and 2010, said: "Any win is a good win for me just now. I am low on confidence. Hopefully I can have a run here.

"I have not really done much in the last two years, but I am still trying and the competitive desire is still there. I don't know if it will turn and restore confidence."

The biggest shock of the day saw 18-year-old world number 99 James Cahill thrash world number 30 Mark King 6-0.

And there were also wins for Ryan Day, Martin Gould and Tony Drago - who beat two-time ranking event winner Dominic Dale.

UK Championship 2014
Draw and results for the tournament in York

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