Snooker: Mark Williams 'lucky to get over the line' against Akbar

Mark Williams
Welshman Mark Williams won the World Snooker Championship in 2000 and 2003

Mark Williams says he was lucky to make the second round of the UK Championship after a 6-4 win over Hanza Akbar in York.

The 40-year-old Welshman led the match 4-0 before being pegged back to 4-4 by the Pakistan player.

Williams, winner in 1999 and 2002, will face Tom Ford in the second round on Saturday afternoon.

"I started well but he came back into it and I suppose in the end I'm lucky to have got over the line," he said.

"In fairness I think some people looking at the match would say he was the better player.

"He probably was a bit nervous starting off but he started to play well and I started missing a few and he came back into it."

Ryan Day won the all-Welsh first round match against Dean Jones 6-1.

Another former winner, Mathew Stevens, plays Chris Wakelin in his first round match this evening with another Welshman, Lee Walker, taking on Li Hang of China.

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