Murphy Through To Last 16 In York

FORMER world champion Shaun Murphy feels ready to add to the UK Championship title he won in 2008 with victory in the same competition in York.

Four years ago the Sale-based potter beat Marco Fu 10-9 in a gripping final in Telford, and having reached the last-16 at the Barbican, he is keen for more glory.

The Magician found his rhythm in a 6-3 first-round victory over Robert Milkins, and will now meet fellow former world champion Graeme Dott for a place in the quarter-finals.

After admitting he should have won more major titles in his career, the 30-year-old hopes to remain in York for the duration of the tournament.

“My mum keeps telling me I should have won more and mum’s are normally right,” said the world no.4.

“I would have liked to have added a few more trophies to my trophy cabinet, of course I would, but having got the biggest two and lost in the final of the third biggest last year, I feel like I am on the right track and at 30 I have got the rest of my career to add to it.

“York’s a great place. I have spent a lot of time here personally but to come here for the second biggest tournament, a tournament I have won before, is great and I hope to be here for the week.”

British Eurosport is the Home of Snooker, showing 19 tournaments this season including the World Championship, UK Championship, the Masters and all ranking events, available on Sky (410/411) and Virgin Media (521/525) or online/on mobile via