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Joe Swail rolls back the years in superb win

By Frank Brownlow

Joe Swail whitewashed Joel Walker 6-0 in the first round of the Betway UK Snooker Championship in York. The 46-year-old from Belfast was on top form to steamroller the 21-year-old from Sheffield.

Swail moved into the last 64 of the biggest event outside the World Championship with plenty to spare.

Ken Doherty hammered Tony Drago 6-0 with a fine performance highlighted by breaks of 84, 61, 132 and 119.

Dublin's 1997 World Champion said: "Tony's a good mate of mine, it's not very nice to treat one of your friends like that but I suppose when you get on the table, there are no friends - you've just got to try and get down to business.

"I like it up here - it's a great venue and a great city."

Doherty will face Mark Davis after the Hastings cueman saw off Rhys Clark 6-1 with top runs of 53, 54 and 68.

Three-time UK Champion John Higgins breezed past amateur Leo Fernandez 6-1.

"I have got a bit of confidence behind me after winning a couple tournaments this season so I would love do well here," he said.

Ulster's Mark Allen takes on Zhao Xintong tomorrow.

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