Reigning champion Robertson knocked out by amateur Astley

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Neil RobertsonRobertson won the UK Championship successful 2013, 2015 and 2020, and was satellite champion successful 2010
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 23 November -5 December Coverage: BBC One, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and app
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Reigning champion Neil Robertson fell to a daze 6-2 decision by amateur John Astley successful the archetypal circular of the UK Championship successful York.

Apart from a interruption of 124 successful the sixth frame, the Australian showed small of the signifier that helped him triumph the English Open earlier successful November.

Astley, 32, grew successful assurance arsenic the lucifer progressed and made breaks of 74, 83 and 119 connected his mode to a celebrated win.

Judd Trump and Yan Bingtao besides precocious with comfy victories.

World fig 2 Trump progressed into the 2nd circular with a regular 6-1 triumph implicit world seniors champion David Lilley.

Trump, crowned UK champion successful 2011, raced into a 3-0 pb earlier Lilley made a interruption of 59 to propulsion a framework back.

However, a missed achromatic successful the adjacent framework saw his accidental of applying immoderate unit gone, with Trump having the amended of 2 scrappy frames earlier closing retired the lucifer with a stylish 132 clearance which included respective accumulation shots.

Current Masters champion Yan made breaks of 67, 100, 107 and 92 connected the mode to a 6-0 whitewash of Hong Kong's Ng On-yee, with the erstwhile women's satellite champion scoring conscionable 9 points successful those frames.

Astley delivers bid performance

While that effect was not unexpected, Robertson's decision by a subordinate that has fallen disconnected the main circuit and past reached the 2nd circular of the UK Championship successful 2013, tin beryllium regarded arsenic a immense upset.

The 2010 satellite champion arrived successful York with a triumph implicit John Higgins and a 21st ranking rubric caller successful his caput and confidently talked up his chances of repeating his 2020 success, erstwhile helium triumphed 10-9 successful an epic late-night decorativeness against Judd Trump.

However, Astley becomes the 2nd amateur to bushed a UK champion this week aft Shaun Murphy was knocked retired by China's Si Jiahui connected the opening time - prompting Murphy to heavy criticise the beingness of amateur players successful nonrecreational events.

"It hurts," Robertson told BBC Sport. "As the defending champion you don't privation to springiness up the rubric truthful easily, but you person to recognition John.

"He played a superb match. He astir apt played the lucifer of his life. There was a crowd, it was connected the main array and helium stood up to it and played arsenic if helium had thing to lose."

Astley settled quicker than Robertson, making a frame-winning 74 interruption to unfastened up arsenic Robertson struggled to find immoderate rhythm.

And the Gateshead player, who performed astatine Sheffield's Crucible Theatre - amended known arsenic the World Championship's regular venue - in a play called The Nap successful 2016, knocked successful a agelong pinkish to borderline backmost up aft Robertson levelled.

Astley took the 4th framework of a drawn-out matter and made a nerveless 83 earlier Robertson rallied with a interruption of 124.

But determination was nary comeback forthcoming, with Astley superbly making a interruption of 119 earlier sealing his victory.

In Thursday's different first-round matches, Martin Gould won 6-1 against Barry Pinches, and Joe Perry triumphed by the aforesaid scoreline against Fraser Patrick.

Ali Carter recorded a 6-3 triumph over Jimmy White while erstwhile satellite champion Graeme Dott precocious with a 6-3 triumph over Jamie O'Neill.

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