UK Snooker: Mark Williams and Matthews Stevens crash out

Snooker player Mark Williams who was knocked out of the UK Championships.

There will be no Welsh players in the last 16 of the UK Snooker Championship in York following defeats for Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens in the third round.

Stevens, the 2003 champion lost 6-2 to Robert Milkins.

Meanwhile the former two-time champion Williams was edged out 6-5 by Ricky Walden, who took the deciding frame with a century break.

"I was just shocking all the way through really," said Williams.

"It was probably some of the worst stuff I've played probably in 20 years as a professional."

Williams, who was runner up three years ago will now have to qualify, along with Stevens, to reach the latter stages of next month's Masters at Alexandra Palace.

"I don't know how I was 3-1 up," said Williams.

"I then went 5-3 down. The balls I was missing, I was laughing to myself in my chair.

"I dragged it back to 5-5 but I didn't get a shot in the last (frame)."

Matthew Stevens who lost 6-2 to Robert Milkins
Matthew Stevens who lost 6-2 to Robert Milkins

Stevens said he had felt confident before his third round tie with Milkins despite finding himself 2-0 down.

"Rob put me under a lot of pressure early on and I lost a big third frame," said Stevens.

"He nicked two frames to go 4-0 instead of 2-2.

"It's always hard to come back from 4-0 but I came back to 4-1. I could have gone 4-2 but for a kick on the black.

"It's one of those games that got away from me early on and I couldn't recover.

"I've got a couple of qualifying matches now in a week or so's time.

"I'll put a bit of work in before then and have a nice Christmas."

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