UK Championship 2019: James Cahill defeat leaves David Gilbert wanting to 'smash up cue'

Written by on November 27, 2019

James Cahill
            </figure><div class="sp-story-body__table-container"><table class="sp-story-body__table"><thead><tr><th>Betway UK Championship</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><b>Venue:</b> York Barbican <b>Dates: </b>26 November-8 December</td></tr><tr><td><b>Coverage: </b>Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 30 November</td></tr></tbody></table></div><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">World number 11 David Gilbert said he wanted to "smash up his cue" after losing to 118th-ranked James Cahill in the UK Championship first round.</p>

Gilbert, 38, trailed his fellow Englishman 2-0 and 4-3 before levelling at 4-4 with his second century.

But Cahill, who beat Mark Selby at the York Barbican last year and stunned Ronnie O’Sullivan at the World Championship in May, rallied to win.

“I just love playing against the best players,” said the 23-year-old said.

He lost his professional status in 2017 but won back his tour card at the start of the season, following his spectacular win over five-time world champion O’Sullivan at the Crucible.

However, Cahill, from Blackpool, had only won one match this season before his victory over Gilbert, losing to many of the world’s best players, including Judd Trump, Mark Williams and Mark Allen.

“I have maybe tried too hard since the Worlds and maybe put too much pressure to get to where I think I should be,” he said. “But I have had quite a lot of tough draws.

“I have not had a great season so far but have been playing some good stuff and am glad it showed out there.

“When you are not winning a lot it’s harder to get over the line. Winning breeds winning and hopefully I can get back to winning ways.”

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