JOHN Higgins became the latest top star to crash out of the Betway UK Championship yesterday.

The three-time UK champ let a host of chances slip in his fourth round match against Mark King, eventually losing 6-5.

It will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Scotsman, who led 4-2 and 5-4 before a 69 break from King in the decider settled affairs at the Barbican.

World number five Higgins follows defending champion Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui out of the tournament as the shock results continue.

In yesterday's other last 16 afternoon clash, Stephen Maguire won a tartan tussle against Graeme Dott by a 6-2 scoreline.

This will be Maguire’s first ranking quarter-final since he lost to Ryan Day in the final of the Riga Masters in June.

Breaks of 72, 57 and 116 helped Maguire go 4-1 up. Dott pulled one back, but 2004 UK champion Maguire took the next two frames to cross the winning line.