PICKERING potter Paul Davison fell at the first hurdle at the Betway UK Championship – after a 6-0 defeat to Mark Williams.

Playing in this morning's session at the Barbican, Davison – the world number 115 – was always in for a tough test against the two-time UK champion.

And so it proved with Williams, currently ranked 17 in the world, storming to a routine success to take his place in the last 64.

A break of 88 was more than enough for Williams to pocket the first frame of the best-of-11 contest, and he doubled his advantage (86-50) in the next.

Davison came close to nicking a tight third frame, but Williams edged it by six points before a 62 break put him 4-0 ahead.

Two more half-century breaks from the Welshman wrapped up the fifth frame, who finished the match in style with a 69 break in the sixth.

Williams, who is due to play Andrew Higginson in the second round, admitted afterwards that he may yet have to withdraw from the event, with his wife Jo ill in hospital.

"At any stage if she wants me to go back I will go back," he said.

"You don't want to be pulling out of the second biggest tournament we play in.

"But I just have to see what happens and keep my fingers crossed and hope everything will be okay, and I will still be here."