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"Oh, that is an absolutely fantastic shot."

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Eurosport's commentators were purring over a shot that Shaun Murphy played during his 6-5 win over Lee Walker at the UK Championship.

Left with little on, Murphy played a four-cushion safety to leave the cue ball tucked in behind the yellow on the baulk cushion, while simultaneously putting the black into a better position and also opening up the reds.

It was a magical moment from Murphy, and one that ultimately earned him the match as his opponent fouled trying to escape the safety, handing Murphy a chance to take advantage of the scattered reds.

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"That was a daring shot, it’s absolutely masterful," enthused Neal Foulds on commentary, adding:

"It takes you back to a shot that Ray Reardon might have played. Wonderful.

The other thing about it is that he’s got the black in play deliberately too. I think that’s as good a shot on safety that I’ve seen for many a year.

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UK Championship Wednesday results and schedule

Morning (9am)

  • Zhou Yuelong 6-1 Peter Devlin
  • Zhao Xintong 6-3 Rory McLeod
  • Luo Honghao 3-6 Dominic Dale
  • Sunny Akani 6-1 Kacper Filipiak
  • Stuart Bingham 6-2 Zak Surety

Afternoon (2pm)

  • Alan McManus v Jimmy White
  • Neil Robertson v Brian Ochoiski
  • Andrew Higginson v James Cahill
  • Joe Perry v Alex Borg
  • Martin Gould v Jordan Brown

Evening (7pm)

  • Hossein Vafaei v Billy Joe Castle
  • Mark Davis v Robbie Williams
  • Ali Carter v Ashley Carty
  • Joe O'Connor v Duane Jones
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan v Leo Fernandez
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