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UK Championship: Shaun Murphy knocked out by world number 124 Chen Feilong

Shaun Murphy has failed to progress beyond the third round in any ranking tournament this season
Betway UK Championship
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 27 November-9 December
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 1 December.

Former champion Shaun Murphy and world number 12 Ryan Day were shock losers to first-year professionals on the second day of first-round action at the UK Championship.

Ninth seed Murphy, the 2008 winner and a two-time runner-up at the York Barbican, led Chen Feilong 3-1.

But the 36-year-old Chinese player rattled in breaks of 54, 88 and 54 in winning five frames in a row.

“I didn’t see that coming. He played so well and deserved it,” Murphy said.

“All was looking well at 3-1, but before I knew it I was staring defeat in the face.

“He potted some outrageous shots and I could do absolutely nothing about it. After the interval he was a different player; he played like a champion.

“It’s been a terrible start to the season for me and it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.”

Welshman Day, a two-time ranking event winner, lost 6-2 to Leicester’s Joe O’Connor.

Day, 38, struggled throughout a scrappy match which only produced three breaks of more than 50.

O’Connor, 23, who only turned professional earlier this year, is making his third appearance at the UK Championship

He lost to former winners Neil Robertson and Mark Selby on his two previous appearances, but showed no signs of nerves to close out victory.

“I am overwhelmed,” he said. “I played well and it is definitely the biggest win of my career and I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.”

Bingham & Fu ease through

Earlier Stuart Bingham and Marco Fu both romped into round two with 6-0 wins.

Bingham, the 2015 world champion and a two-time UK semi-finalist, brushed aside former world number three James Wattana.

The 2015 world champion, twice a semi-finalist at the York Barbican, scored four half-centuries in the second half of the match.

“It was a bit of a slow start but I got going in the end,” the 42-year-old said.

Hong Kong’s Fu showed signs of a return to form after a tricky season following eye surgery earlier this year.

A break of 101 was the highlight of of the Hong Kong player’s whitewash of Hammad Miah.

The evening action sees three-time winner John Higgins take on the unpredictable Thai talent Dechawat Poomjaeng and Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen play Egypt’s world number 126 Basem Eltahhan.

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