Joe Perry is knocked out of Betway UK Snooker Championship

PUBLISHED: 18:36 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 18:58 29 November 2016

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Stevens defeats world No 9

Joe Perry held up his hands and admitted the better man won, after he crashed out of the Betway UK Snooker Championship in the third round.

The 42-year-old world No 9, who practises in Cambridge, went out to lower-ranked Welshman Matthew Stevens 6-2 on Tuesday afternoon in York.

Perry opened up with a stunning 136 break, but after going 2-1 ahead could only sit and watch as the 2003 UK champion clicked up a gear to take the next five frames on the spin.

“He played better than me to be honest,” said Perry. “That was probably as good as I’ve felt in the entire tournament and I played a bit better today than I have been.

“But from 2-1, I don’t think I potted a ball until I was 4-2 down and that was down to Matthew’s good play.

“He knocked a lot of good long reds in and scored off them, but it wasn’t like I missed much today.

“The balls were a little bit cruel at the end when he got away with a couple, but he was the right winner as he played better than me in the middle part of the match, and I didn’t really respond.

Perry now heads to Barnsley for next week’s German Masters qualifying before the Scottish Open in mid-December, but insists he will not be dwelling on this loss.

He added: “I felt good today and I had got more chances I think I’d have played some good stuff, but credit to Matthew as from 2-1 down he completely shut me out. It can go like that sometimes as the standard is high.

“If I’m going to be really critical maybe my safety could have been a bit tighter, but he still had to get those long shots in.”

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