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Ditton's Barry Hawkins thrashed 6-0 by Thailand's Sunny Akani at Betway UK Snooker Championships

By KentOnline reporter

Ditton's Barry Hawkins delivered a damning assessment of his own performance as he was ruthlessly whitewashed by Sunny Akani at the Betway UK Championships.

The world No.8 admitted he was feeling good after his opening two matches but was brutally undone by the Thai cueman on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old produced two half-century breaks on his way to a 6-0 mauling and Hawkins lambasted his own display on the baize, labelling the whole contest as "disgusting".

Ditton's Barry Hawkins Picture World Snooker

Ditton's Barry Hawkins Picture: World Snooker

He said: “That was painful. I’m in a state of shock; I didn’t expect that performance. That’s one of the worst performances I’ve ever produced to be honest.

“Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I’ve lost all confidence. He was getting away with stuff but on the whole, it was horrible. It was a disgusting match.”

Hawkins has been putting in the hard graft on the practice table as he went in search of his first appearance in the last 16 of the competition since 2013.

But the 38-year-old said he felt numb after the crushing defeat and wants to forget about the match as quickly as possible.

He said: “It was just a terrible game, I felt sorry for anyone who was watching that. I just feel a bit numb after that. It’s one of those games I just want to completely forget about.

“I’ve been playing well in practice but after that performance, it’s back to the drawing board I think. I’ll put the hours in on the practice table and onto the next one.”

The result puts Akani into the fourth round for the first time, where he will meet five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan later this week.

Watch LIVE coverage of the UK Championship on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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