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Judd TrumpJudd Trump eased into the last 16 of the Ladbrokes Players Championship with a 4-1 win over Martin Gould in Manchester.

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Trump is seeking his first ranking title since the 2014 Australian Goldfields Open and now faces Ali Carter in the second round at Event City, where a top prize of £100,000 is up for grabs.

Bristol’s Trump scored top breaks of 88 and 63 in a comfortable win over Gould and said: “I played well considering I only put a new tip on my cue yesterday and it usually takes a while to get used to that. I’d had the previous tip for a year which was probably too long. I wasn’t sure how I’d play on the match table today but I made a good break in the first frame and that settled me down.

“I need a bit of a confidence boost before the World Championship. Shaun Murphy went a while without winning a title but now he’s got one (the recent World Grand Prix) so he’s got that lift now. I’d like to have a good run before Sheffield. I’m looking forward to the match against Carter now because he plays the game in the right way.”

Carter saw off Graeme Dott 4-1 with a top break of 77.

Michael White came from 2-0 down to beat Luca Brecel 4-2, to boost his hopes of keeping his top 16 place ahead of the World Championship, as he lies 15th in the projected rankings.

Welshman White won the third frame with a break of 62 and the next two on the colours before sealing victory in the sixth with a run of 77 to set up a match with Ding Junhui.

“It’s a fantastic win for me from 2-0 down,” he said. “I kept my composure and played the right shots. The third frame was the turning point and from 2-2 I felt there was no way I could lose.

“I needed a win with the World Championship just around the corner. It has been my goal since Christmas to make sure I’m in the top 16 and don’t have to qualify for the Crucible, especially having missed out by one place last year.  I just need a few more wins now and the match against Ding will be massive for both of us.”

Mike Dunn beat Rory McLeod 4-1 with a top run of 62.