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Snooker: Ulster ace Wallace in early UK Championship exit along with O’Sullivan

Patrick Wallace was joined by Ronnie O’Sullivan in heading for the UK Championship exit door yesterday.

The Dungannon man was making a rare appearance at a major ranking event but he couldn’t spring a surprise, crashing to a 9-5 defeat to Shaun Murphy.

The former champion was leading 5-3 overnight and he increased his advantage to four frames.

That remained the margin at the mid-session interval as the Englishman led 8-4.

Wallace reduced the deficit to 8-5 but Murphy sealed victory by taking the next frame.

Mark Allen qualified for a last-16 meeting with holder Ding Junhui after defeating Tom Ford 9-5 on Saturday.

But the story of the day yesterday was O'Sullivan’s stunning 9-6 first round defeat to qualifier Stuart Bingham.

The 35-year-old dropped five frames in a row to make his early exit. Bingham, 34, aimed a blast at O'Sullivan after his victory, accusing his fellow Essex cueman of being a player who displays a lack of good manners at the table.

“When you fluke a ball or fluke a snooker, 99 out of 100 players apologise to their opponent, but Ronnie doesn't do that,” Bingham said.

“Before the match I said to my manager that if I get a fluke and say sorry, he can slap me round the face.

“A couple of times in the match Ronnie fluked a ball and never said a word.

“We used to practise together, he would text me and ask if I wanted a game.

“But he hasn't texted me for nearly a year.”

Earlier in the day, Stephen Hendry again proved to be Jimmy White's nemesis as the Scot won their battle of the veterans 9-8.

The 41-year-old five-time UK champion set up a second-round clash with Welshman Mark Williams.

Williams had earlier converted a 6-2 overnight lead into a 9-3 victory over Mark Davis.

World number three Ali Carter skidded to a surprise 9-6 defeat against England's Mark Joyce.

Hong Kong's Marco Fu produced a break of 138 in the 14th frame as he came from 7-6 down to beat Englishman Barry Hawkins 9-7.

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