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Live Snooker on Monday December 3: UK Championship 2018 Day Six preview and order of play

Reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in action (credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The Third Round of the 2018 UK Championship gets underway in York on Monday, with defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and World Champion Mark Williams headlining the action.

The opening two rounds have whittled the field down from 128 to just 32, with four of the world's top 16 having already departed the prestigious Triple Crown tournament.

Sunday produced a host of dramatic last-frame deciders, including O'Sullivan's show-down with Ken Doherty, as the six-time UK Champion came from 4-1 down to prevail 6-5.

O'Sullivan now looks to secure a more comfortable passage to the latter stages by disposing of young upstart Zhou Yuelong - one of a mass of talented Chinese youngsters emerging through the ranks.

O'Sullivan, winner of the Shanghai Masters and Champion of Champions, also finished runner-up to Judd Trump in the recent Northern Ireland Open, and with rival Mark Selby having suffered a shock First Round exit here, could close the gap on the world number one spot if he were to retain the title.

The Rocket runs into Zhou for the second successive event, having prevailed 4-1 in Belfast last month; the 20-year-old, a former European Masters semi-finalist, has dispatched Soheil Vahedi and Mark Davis en route to this stage.

Another tasty afternoon session fixture sees Paul Hunter Classic champion Kyren Wilson take on 2017 Northern Ireland Open finalist Yan Bingtao.

Both players have dropped just two frames in reaching Round Three, with world number 11 Wilson hoping to progress beyond this stage at the York Barbican for the first time, while 18-year-old Yan aims to continue his remarkable rise.

Alan McManus, conqueror of three-time UK Champion John Higgins in Round Two, looks to prolong his stay in York in a playing capacity by overcoming Leicester's Tom Ford.

Veteran Scot McManus was a UK semi-finalist in 1990, 1992 and 1996 and is now bidding to reach the Last 16 of a ranking event for the first time since last August.

Ford, who had lost in the First Round in seven of his previous ten UK Championship campaigns, has denied Craig Steadman and Robert Milkins in last-frame deciders and will be poised for another tough contest here.

Belgian ace Luca Brecel, twice a UK quarter-finalist, looks to avert a potential banana skin at the hands of world number 109 Lu Ning - who has already knocked out Anthony McGill and Mark Joyce.

The evening session features a mouth-watering clash between two players renowned for wearing their heart on their sleeve - Ali Carter and Stephen Maguire.

Maguire, the 2004 UK Champion, is back into the world's top 16 after reaching two ranking Semi-Finals this season, while two-time UK semi-finalist Carter has two Quarter-Final runs under his belt and also reached the Last Eight of this year's World Championship.

Mark Williams, UK Champion back in 1999 and 2002, faces a tricky test against Thailand's Noppon Saengkham.

Williams, the world number two, is vying to add this prestigious trophy to his world title triumph in May and was ruthless in whitewashing compatriot Daniel Wells 6-0 in Round Two.

Saengkham, who is closing in on a place in the world's top 32, enjoyed a fine run to the Semi-Finals of the World Open - where he was beaten 6-5 by eventual champion Williams.

World number 88 Tian Pengfei looks to continue his impressive form in York at the expense of the ever-improving Martin O'Donnell - twice a ranking event quarter-finalist this season.

Former PTC Grand Finals winner Joe Perry will look to utilise his vast experience in an attempt to end the hopes of Joe O'Connor - the lowest ranked player left standing in the competition (117).

Perry has dropped just one frame in his opening two matches, powering past John Astley and Michael Holt, while Leicester youngster O'Connor has seen off Ryan Day and Andrew Higginson to reach the Last 32 of this event for the first time.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 frames.


UK Championship 2018 Match Schedule


Monday December 3

Third Round

1pm
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Zhou Yuelong
Lu Ning v Luca Brecel
Tom Ford v Alan McManus
Yan Bingtao v Kyren Wilson

7pm
Tian Pengfei v Martin O'Donnell
Joe O'Connor v Joe Perry
Ali Carter v Stephen Maguire
Noppon Saengkham v Mark Williams


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Live Snooker on Monday December 3: UK Championship 2018 Day Six preview and order of play

The Third Round of the 2018 UK Championship gets underway in York on Monday, with defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and World Champion Mark Williams headlining the action.

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