Former Rotherham potter on end of big loss

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Former Rotherham potter Shaun Murphy was hung out to dry at the International Championship in China.

The 2005 world champion was upset 6-1 by Robert Milkins in their second round showdown in Chengdu. And with defeat the world No 7 saw his hopes of pocketing the £100,000 first prize quickly disappear. Gloucester cueman Milkins, the world No 18, compiled breaks of 57, 47 and 72 for a commanding 3-0 lead.

An out-of-sorts Murphy pinched a scrappy frame to trail 3-1 at the mid-session interval.

But he failed to capitalise on a break of 59 in the next frame and Milkins won it on the final black. Murphy got in first again in the next frame but couldn’t build on a break of 42 and Milkins pinched the frame with a run of 57.

And victory was achieved for Milkins as he won a scrappy seventh frame to secure a last 16 clash with Chinese cueman Xiao Guodong.

World No 2 Neil Robertson became the latest casualty as he slipped to a 6-5 defeat to Ulsterman Joe Swail.