Defending champion Mark Williams suffered an early exit on the first day of the 888sport World Seniors Championship in Preston.
Williams won the title on his debut in the event last year, but lost 2-1 to Anthony Hamilton in the first round this time at the Guild Hall. The opening frame went to Williams before Hamilton took a scrappy second then made an excellent 56 clearance in the decider to reach the quarter-finals.
Crowd favourite Jimmy White beat Gary Lees 2-0 with a top break of 58.
Nigel Bond, the 2012 champion, saw off Peter Ebdon 2-0 despite a top break of just 27, while 2011 winner Darren Morgan beat Joe Johnson 2-0.
Robert Milkins produced the best performance of the day, beating Tony Drago 2-0 in just 14 minutes with runs of 86 and 81.
Mark Davis beat Ken Doherty 2-1 in an exciting finish by potting the blue and pink in the decider, while Dominic Dale made a 104 in a 2-0 defeat of John Parrott. Rory McLeod edged out last year’s runner-up Fergal O’Brien 2-1.
Nigel Bond v Rory McLeod
Darren Morgan v Anthony Hamilton
Jimmy White v Dominic Dale
Mark Davis v Robert Milkins