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UK Championship Snooker 2023 | Day Six Preview and Order of Play

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Ronnie O’Sullivan looks to maintain his dominant record over Robert Milkins when they clash in the UK Championship last 16 on Thursday.

The Rocket has won 10 of his 11 previous meetings with the Milkman, whose sole victory came in the single-frame Shoot Out back in 2011.

O’Sullivan is seeking a record-extending eighth UK title at the York Barbican Centre, but got off to a slow start as he trailed 2-0 against Anthony McGill in the opening round.

However, the world number one responded by reeling off the next six frames, hitting breaks of 89, 66, 61 and 92 along the way.

Things were not quite as straightforward for Milkins, who was forced to recover from 5-3 down before edging out Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in a deciding frame.

Having won the Welsh Open in February, the Milkman has struggled to build on that momentum this season. Indeed, this is his best performance of the campaign.

Appearing in the UK Championship last 16 for the first time since 2013, you must go back a further 11 years for his only previous venture to the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, three-time champion John Higgins faces a tough test against Zhou Yuelong, who was a 6-2 winner when they met at this stage three years ago.

The Chinese is also fresh from a morale-boosting victory over Neil Robertson by the same scoreline, in which he hit breaks of 136, 135, 99, 74 and 67.

Meanwhile, reigning World champion Luca Brecel also faces a tricky challenge in recently crowned International Championship winner Zhang Anda.

Runner-up in 2021, Brecel resumes his quest to go the extra step two years on, while his opponent is targeting a maiden quarter-final appearance.

The other match on day six is a battle of the qualifiers with Hossein Vafaei and Matthew Selt, who defeated Shaun Murphy and Ali Carter respectively, going head to head.

Vafaei is looking to break new ground by reaching his first UK quarter-final, while Selt last appeared in the last eight of this event back in 2015.

Play gets under way at 1pm GMT on Thursday with all matches contested over the best of 11 frames at the York Barbican Centre.


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UK Championship 2023 Day Six Schedule

Thursday November 30

Last 16

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Robert Milkins
John Higgins v Zhou Yuelong

Hossein Vafaei v Matthew Selt
Zhang Anda v Luca Brecel

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