Graeme Dott through as the UK Championship begins in York

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Former world champion Graeme Dott is through to the second round of the UK Championship with a 6-2 win over Alexander Ursenbacher at the York Barbican.

The Scot raced into a 4-0 lead but Ursenbacher managed to peg the deficit to 4-2, before Dott pulled clear once again, closing out the match with his highest break of 95. He will face Anthony Hamilton in the last 64 who recorded a 6-5 victory over Craig Steadman, despite being docked the first frame for arriving late.

Elsewhere, world number nine Stuart Bingham struck a 102 break in a breezy 6-0 win against Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon, with Ruhr Open finalist Robert Milkins beating Michael Leslie by the same scoreline. Milkins will take on Marcus Campbell in round two whilst Bingham is to meet Alfie Burden.

Hawkins makes his mark early on

World number five Barry Hawkins swept away Ashley Carty 6-1 to set up a clash against former world finalist Nigel Bond, who made a 132 break in a 6-3 triumph over Stuart Carrington.

Norway's Kurt Maflin made light work of Chris Norbury dropping just one frame, and will play 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon next who beat Scotland's Ross Muir in a deciding frame. Judd Trump, champion in 2011, received a walkover after Rouzi Maimaiti pulled out. Aditya Mehta will be Trump's second round opponent after the Indian saw off Alex Davies 6-4.

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Michael Holt notched up a break of 138, the highest of the tournament so far, as he beat Zak Surety 6-1. Dechawat Poomjaeng will play Holt in round two after the Thai cueist claimed a 6-2 win over Andrew Norman.

In Tuesday's other matches 20-year-old Joel Walker sprung a surprise 6-1 win over veteran Alan McManus, whilst two-time semi-finalist Joe Perry had a bye over Liu Chiang, after the Chinese player withdrew. Walker will play either Tom Ford or Barry Pinches in the last 64, with Perry scheduled to meet either Mike Dunn or Andrew Pagett.

World champion Mark Selby will begin his tournament on Wednesday against amateur Oliver Brown. China's Ding Junhui will take on Ireland's John Sutton whilst six-time world champion Steve Davis faces a tough battle against Ricky Walden, who won the International Championship earlier this month.

The UK Championship is the first event in snooker's prestigious Triple Crown with this year's winner set to receive £150,000. Australian Neil Robertson is the defending champion.

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