PETER EBDON – the last man to win the UK Snooker Championship in York – is missing from the last-32 line-up for the Barbican next month.

Former world champion Ebdon, who lifted the UK trophy in the Minster city in 2006 before the tournament switched to Telford, lost 6-3 to Robert Milkins in the final qualifying round so will not be involved as it returns to Yorkshire’s capital.

Milkins will take his place among the 16 qualifiers to line up against the world’s top 16 players at the Barbican between December 3 and 11, and joining him in the televised stages will be Yorkshireman Peter Lines, Marco Fu and Ryan Day.

Milkins made a 110 break en route to victory over Ebdon at the West Snooker Academy in Gloucester, while Leeds’ Lines came from 4-1 down to beat Ken Doherty 6-5 and book his place in the last 32.

Lines reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship two years ago in Telford when Mark Williams was among his scalps, but he looked to be on his way out when breaks of 60, 64 and 60 helped former world champion Doherty go 4-1 up.

However, world number 56 Lines crucially cleared from yellow to pink to win both the sixth and seventh frames. Doherty went 5-3 ahead before Lines knocked in runs of 109 and 47 to get to 5-5.

A nervy decider, which lasted 42 minutes, came down to the colours, and once again Lines cleared from yellow to pink to win it and book a first-round tie against Martin Gould.

China’s Li Yan beat Fergal O’Brien 6-2 to reach a ranking event venue for the first time.

Li, a 19-year-old who came through Q School and has had the best results of all the players making their debut on the pro tour this season, top-scored with 121 in a fine performance against O’Brien. He is rewarded with a match against Shaun Murphy in York.

Fu gained much-needed ranking points with a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Anthony Hamilton. Hong Kong’s Fu, who reached the Masters final ten months ago but has since slipped to number 29 in the world, came from 3-0 down to 4-3 up with top breaks of 71 and 68.

Hamilton won the next two before an 80 from Fu made it 5-5. A run of 55 put Hamilton in charge of the decider, only for 2008 UK finalist Fu to make an outstanding 54 clearance to snatch victory.

Adrian Gunnell beat Joe Perry 6-4, while Ricky Walden started with 97 and 108 against Jamie Jones and went on to win 6-2.

Joe Jogia saw off Jamie Cope 6-3 and Day made a 127 break in beating Jamie Burnett 6-0.

Barbican line-up

UK Championship first round draw

John Higgins v Rory McLeod, Stephen Maguire v Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan v Steve Davis, Judd Trump v Dominic Dale, Ding Junhui v Mark Davis, Matthew Stevens v Marcus Campbell, Graeme Dott v Matthew Selt, Neil Robertson v Tom Ford, Mark Williams v Joe Jogia, Stephen Lee v Ricky Walden, Martin Gould v Peter Lines, Shaun Murphy v Li Yan, Ali Carter v Robert Milkins, Mark Allen v Adrian Gunnell, Stuart Bingham v Marco Fu, Mark Selby v Ryan Day.