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Anthony McGill crashes out of the Snooker Shoot-Out as Hawkins and White progress in Watford

It was a contrast of emotions for McGill 12 months after winning the Shoot-Out title (credit: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Reigning champion Anthony McGill is out of the 2018 Snooker Shoot-Out after suffering defeat against Mark Davis on the opening day at the Watford Colosseum.

McGill, who lifted the trophy here 12 months ago, saw his title defence fall at the very first hurdle on Thursday.

The Scotsman could only sit and watch as Hastings’ Davis produced a magnificent break of 102 to book his place in round two.

Another former champion Dominic Dale lost in the opening round, as he was ousted by Matt Selt.

However, there were better fortunes for 2012 winner Barry Hawkins, who enjoyed a commanding 67-0 victory over Shaun Murphy, while 2011 champion Nigel Bond and 2013 victor Martin Gould saw off Leo Fernandez and Ken Doherty respectively.

Meanwhile, German Masters champion Mark Williams continued his winning streak against Li Hang, and 2014 finalist Stuart Bingham marked his return to televised snooker with a comfortable win over James Silverwood.

Crowd favourite Jimmy White also made a winning start to the tournament against Anthony Hamilton, while Ali Carter and Joe Perry made half-century breaks on the way to overcoming Craig Steadman and Hammad Miah respectively.

Two-time finalist Xiao Guodong, runner-up in 2015 and 2017, began his quest to make it third-time lucky with victory over David Grace.

Coral Snooker Shoot-Out 2018 Results


Thursday February 8

Round One

Afternoon session
Mark Davis 103-0 Anthony McGill
Mark Joyce 22-36 Alex Davies
Alan McManus 32-52 Ross Vallance
Duane Jones 58-20 Ben Woollaston
Craig Steadman 1-79 Ali Carter
Scott Donaldson 33-9 Yuan SiJun
Lyu Haotian 53-4 Xu Si
David Lilley 90-22 Chen Zhe
Martin Gould 59-17 Ken Doherty
Chen Zifan 17-50 Peter Lines
Liam Highfield 53-47 Fang Xiongman
David Gilbert 34-31 Adam Duffy
Matthew Selt 46-11 Dominic Dale
Billy Joe Castle 68-24 Chris Wakelin
Elliot Slessor 87-4 Sanderson Lam
Barry Hawkins 67-0 Shaun Murphy
Kuldesh Johal 22-14 Wang Yuchen
Ashley Hugill 39-16 Ben Jones
Eden Sharav 52-54 Mei Xi Wen
Hammad Miah 12-53 Joe Perry
Allan Taylor 90-0 Ian Burns
Li Hang 0-44 Mark Williams
Christopher Keogan 2-46 Michael Williams
Ashley Carty 34-43 Mark King

Evening Session
James Silverwood v Stuart Bingham
John J Astley v Ross Muir
Kurt Dunham v Chris Totten
Noppon Saengkham v Paul S Davison
Basem Eltahhan v Li Yuan
James Cahill v Rory McLeod
Alexander Ursenbacher v Jack Lisowski
Jimmy White v Anthony Hamilton
David Grace v Xiao Guodong
Jamie Cope v Hamza Akbar
Tian Pengfei v Wayne Brown
Sam Baird v Joe Swail
James Wattana v Zhang Anda
Lee Walker v Stuart Carrington
Nigel Bond v Leo Fernandez


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Anthony McGill crashes out of the Snooker Shoot-Out as Hawkins and White progress in Watford

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