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Carter ends Joyce challenge

Ali Carter saw off Judd Trump's conqueror Mark Joyce to make it through to the quarter-finals of the UK Championship on Tuesday.

The two-time World Championship runner-up was a 6-2 winner against Walsall man Joyce, the world number 50 who caused a Sunday evening sensation in York by coming from 5-2 behind to sink title favourite Trump.

Carter surged to a 4-0 interval lead, helped by breaks of 46, 58 and 73, and despite Joyce narrowing his arrears to 4-2 there was no full-scale comeback this time.

Carter said: "It was a dream start for me but we saw what happened with Mark and Judd in the first round. I wasn't going to let that happen to me today. I didn't play great but I'm in the quarter-finals and maybe there's a bit left in there."

Thirty-three-year-old Essex man Carter had been relishing what looked a likely clash with Trump, a player he beat in a thrilling Crucible tussle last season.

"Everyone was saying, 'Oh you've got Judd in the second round', and I was looking forward to it," Carter said, "but I'll take Mark Joyce and in many ways it was as tough a match as Judd, because the expectation totally changed.

"I was pleased with my stickability today and I'm pleased to be in the quarter-finals of another big event."