Mark King docked frame at UK Championship for ridiculous reason

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In a rather bizarre turn of events at the UK Championship, Englishman Mark King forgot his cue upon returning to the arena following an interval and was docked a frame for his forgetfulness. 

King slumped to a shock 6-2 defeat by Sam Craigie in York and his remarkable mistake certainly contributed to his eventual downfall.

Trailing 3-1 at the break, King returned to the arena before realising he had left his cue in the tournament office and was punished by the docking of a frame and thus, found himself 4-1 down without taking to the table. 

King, who won his first career ranking event at the Northern Ireland Open last week, was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "It's just one for the silly book...I have now done two things in three days that I have never done in the rest of my career - winning a ranking tournament and forgetting my cue."

The 42-year-old claimed that he had been having trouble with a sponsor logo on his cue and went with referee Jan Verhaas to replace it in the tournament office.

"I was in a daze, had my cup of tea, had my banana and left my cue in there," King added. "Then I came out to the arena and thought 'oh my god, where's my cue!'

"If I'd said to Sam 'can I borrow your cue to break off' and then said I was going to the toilet, I wonder if I wouldn't have been punished?...It has been a bad day but it has been a really good week - the best week of my life when you talk about snooker. It's not all doom and gloom."

King could still pocket £5,000

Despite his mishap and early exit, King could still win the £5,000 on offer for the highest break in the tournament after making a superb 141 in the frame immediately after the one in which he was penalised. Quite the eventful match for the Romford man.

In other first round matches of note, big names Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy have all secured their places in the second round following comfortable victories. 

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