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Monday, 9 December, 2002, 19:21 GMT
Milkins stuns Stevens
Robert Milkins
Milkins held off a late Stevens fightback

Robert Milkins continued his giantkilling act by sending Matthew Stevens out in the third round.


The world number 33, who beat Nigel Bond and Joe Swail in the opening two rounds, resumed 5-3 up against the Welshman and stretched his lead to 8-3.

Milkins, who had more than his fair share of luck, clinched three snookers he needed to win the 11th frame.


I was almost crying as I came out of the arena
Robert Milkins

And though Stevens fought back to 8-8, Milkins won the decider by potting pink and black.

Afterwards Milkins said: "We both played really poorly. I don't seem to play well on television - I think it's because I don't have enough experience.

"I was almost crying as I came out of the arena. I haven't reached the last eight before and losing a game like that could ruin a career."

Drew Henry provided the second shock of the day as he dumped out number seven seed Stephen Lee 9-8 in a contest which went to the final black.

The Scot rolled in a tricky black off the cushion to prevail by a solitary point and lead for the very first time in the second session.

Lee had earlier hit a tournament-high break of 137 in the tenth frame of an otherwise laborious contest.

But despite leading 6-4, 7-6 and 8-7 the man from Trowbridge was dumped out.

Henry said he did not expect to get a second bite of the cherry in the decisive frame after he let his opponent back in with a chance to clear up.

"At 8-8 I missed a terrible yellow and I thought he would win it, but he left me a red in the middle.

"I knew it would go to the black and it did. I just thought 'I've got to take my chance this time'."


It is nice to end like that and finish it in one visit
Stephen Hendry

Ken Doherty defeated Paul Hunter 9-4 to become the first player to book a quarter-final slot in this year's PowerHouse UK Championship in York.

Fresh from his British Open triumph last month, local favourite Hunter had hoped to surf on the tide of his recent form in front of an expectant public.

But a terrible shot when well-placed on the final red in the 10th frame allowed Doherty to march 7-3 clear.

Hunter clawed one back, but Doherty closed out with typical steel.

Five-times champion Stephen Hendry will also be in the last eight after beating Graeme Dott 9-6.

Resuming at 4-4, Hendry took the first four frames of the second session but Dott hit back, winning frame 13 on the black after getting the snooker he required.

Dott also took the next frame but Hendry then emphatically ended his challenge with a 136 clearance.

Hendry admitted he had flashbacks to last year's disaster, when he let an 8-4 lead slip against Mark Williams to lose in the quarter-finals.

"That did briefly go through my mind. But you have to learn from those things," said the Scot, who was cruising at 8-4 before Dott stole two frames."

On his 136 break in the final frame, Hendry added: "It is nice to end like that and finish it in one visit."

Meanwhile, The Barbican still awaits the best of Ronnie O'Sullivan, who was some way below his best, but still leads Marco Fu 5-3.

Former champions John Higgins and Steve Davis both showed their pedigree in the opening session of their third round match, but Higgins holds a 5-3 advantage.

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