UK Championship 2013: Joe Swail loses 6-0 to Michael White

Joe Swail

Joe Swail suffered a 6-0 whitewash at the hands of Michael White in the first round of the UK Championship in York.

The Welshman, ranked 34 in the world, progressed easily into the second round at the expense of the Belfast player.

Swail had lost 6-2 to John Higgins in the first round of the International Championship last month.

Kent-based Northern Ireland player Gerard Greene will face Paul S Davison on Thursday afternoon, with Mark Allen playing Jak Jones on Thursday night.

Swail, twice a world semi-finalist, has regained his place on the professional snooker tour after competing as an amateur for a season.

The 44-year-old lost his tour card following a couple of lean years.

A total of 128 players are contesting one of the showpiece events on the snooker calendar over 13 days at the Barbican Centre, with Mark Selby defending the title he won last year.

Republic of Ireland player Fergal O'Brien defeated England's Alex Davies 6-2 in his first round match on Tuesday, while former world champion Ken Doherty will take on John J Astley for a place in the last 64 on Thursday morning.