DING Junhui lost out in the battle of the adopted Yorkshiremen at the new International Championship yesterday.
Sheffield-based Chinese cueman Ding was beaten 6-4 by Shaun Murphy, the former Rotherham potter who is still well-regarded in South Yorkshire after his memorable 2005 World Championship triumph.
Breaks of 59, 45, 103, 78 and 108 did the damage for Murphy who, having led 4-1, was forced to battle for his victory after Ding won three frames on the spin to level proceedings.
Ding pocketed breaks of 46, 48 and 66, but Murphy held his nerve to win the next two frames to secure his quarter-final place at the £600,000 tournament in Chengdu.
And the former world and UK champion knows three more wins in the Far East would see him claim the £125,000 first prize.
Other results included - first round: Mark Davis (Eng) bt Mark Williams (Wal) 6-4, Stephen Maguire (Sco) bt Jamie Burnett (Sco) 6-3, Marco Fu (Hkg) bt Martin Gould (Eng) 6-5, Mark Allen (NIrl) bt Robert Milkins (Eng) 6-2, Ding Junhui (Chn) bt Zhou Yuelong (Chn) 6-1, Judd Trump (Eng) bt Fergal O’Brien (Irl) 6-3, Aditya Mehta (Ind) bt Stuart Bingham (Eng) 6-4, Ricky Walden (Eng) bt Lu Ning (Eng) 6-4.
Second round: Lu Haotian (Chn) bt Dominic Dale (Eng) 6-5, Neil Robertson (Aus) bt Matthew Stevens (Wal) 6-2, Peter Ebdon (Eng) bt Stephen Maguire (Sco) 6-1; Marco Fu (Hkg) bt Mark Davis (Eng) 6-4; Judd Trump (Eng) bt Aditya Mehta (Ind) 6-0, Mark Allen (NIrl) bt Cao Yupeng (Chn) 6-2.