World champion Stuart Bingham made the highest break of this year's UK Championship as he beat Anthony Hamilton 6-3 to reach the third round.
Hamilton made breaks of 135 and 98 but Bingham won in style with a clearance of 143 at York's Barbican Centre.
World number 48 Jack Lisowski, 24, is also through to the last 32, coming back from 5-2 down to beat Scotland's 2006 world champion Graeme Dott 6-5.
And Tom Ford, ranked 52, rallied from 5-3 down to beat Mark Williams 6-5.
Ford made a clearance of 66 in the deciding frame to defeat the two-time world champion, now ranked 13th in the world, for the first time in seven meetings.
|Recent UK Championship finals|
|2014: Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 10-9 Judd Trump (Eng)|
|2013: Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-7 Mark Selby (Eng)|
|2012: Mark Selby (Eng) 10-6 Shaun Murphy (Eng)|
John Higgins, 40, winner of four world titles and three times a UK champion, made two centuries in beating China's Tian Pengfei 6-2, finishing the match with a 103.
The Scotsman made a total of five breaks in excess of 50, but said: "I didn't play well, I missed too many easy balls, but I'm pleased to win."
Elsewhere, Martin Gould beat fellow Englishman Gary Wilson 6-4, China's Liang Wenbo saw off Jimmy Robertson 6-2, Hong Kong's Marco Fu thrashed Yu De Lu of China and England's Mark Davis defeated Ireland's Ken Doherty 6-3.
In the evening session, last season's beaten world finalist Shaun Murphy made two centuries in the first three frames as he ousted 17-year-old Zhou Yuelong from China 6-1.
The 2008 UK champion Murphy quickly built a 4-0 lead by the interval, Zhou claiming his only frame with the fifth after a 92.
Both Northern Ireland players in action saw their matches go to the final frame, Joe Swail beat amateur Adam Duffy, who shocked two-time winner Ding Junhui in the opening round, but Gerard Greene lost out to England's David Gilbert.
Kyren Wilson won five frames in succession to beat Mike Dunn 6-2, Robbie Williams saw off world number 10 Joe Perry 6-3, Jamie Burnett beat Alan McManus 6-3 and Ben Woollaston defeated Ross Muir 6-5.