World number two Neil Robertson crashed out of the Championship League, with youngster Ashley Carty progressing from Group 16 during Sunday’s action.

The Australian potter knocked in a 119 break during frame two of his opening game with Carty before going down 3-1 to the world number 83.

Carty hails from Rotherham and produced a steady showing throughout yesterday as the underdog emerged victorious.

He followed up his win over Robertson with a 2-2 draw against Norwegian Kurt Maflin.

His final game against Ken Doherty proved to be the group decider and after a scrappy final frame, it was Carty who prevailed 3-1.

For Robertson, it’s a case of back to the drawing board, or more literally the practice table.

The Cambridge based player must now prepare for a return to Milton Keynes for the Tour Championship which starts on June 20.

He is set to play Ding Junhui in the first round of the competition, with the winner of that tournament collecting a cool £150,000.

Robertson is one of the finest foreign players to ever play the sport but the 2010 world champion has work to do.

Despite struggling for consistency yesterday, the 38-year-old still managed three centuries, taking his ton tally to 68 for the campaign.

Class

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Neil Robertson of Australia plays a shot during the 1st round match against Joe Perry of England on day two of 2020 Coral Players Championship at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on February 25, 2020 in Southport, England. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Neil Robertson of Australia plays a shot during the 1st round match against Joe Perry of England on day two of 2020 Coral Players Championship at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on February 25, 2020 in Southport, England. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Robertson possesses all the attributes to add to his 18 ranking titles but his underwhelming display yesterday offers cause for concern.

For Carty, he will hope to take confidence into the next group stage. The man of the moment will enter Group A which features Gary Wilson, Mark Joyce and Belgian performer Luca Brecel.

The South Yorkshire-based 24-year-old has won just seven matches this season and will now hope to kick-start his career.

The 3-1 win over Robertson will undoubtedly live long in Carty’s memory. The big challenge now is to prove he can beat the game’s elite players on a consistent basis.

For Melbourne-born Robertson he will know he needs to put the hours in, ready to take on Junhui in just over a fortnight.

They say form is temporary and class is permanent and the Aussie cueist will hope to prove such a theory correct.

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