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Judd Trump passed the 300 career centuries mark on his way to securing a spot in the last 16 of the Coral UK Championship by defeating Fraser Patrick 6-3.

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By Mark Rawlinson

High on confidence, Trump is showing flashes of the fluent and attacking snooker that won him the title here in York in 2011.

A 129 break in frame two was his 300th century in competitive professional snooker, becoming only the 14th player to pass that landmark. He then fired in a 130 in the next frame before sneaking a close fourth on the final black after Patrick missed the pink to middle.

Glasgow-based Patrick, who is now up to 75 in the world following his run in the tournament this week, recovered from that set-back by winning the next two to close to 4-2. However Trump nicked the next with a top run of 57 before seeing out the match in frame nine, knocking in another century, this time a 109.

“I felt good and I felt like I was playing solid and I’m full of confidence,” said Trump. “It wasn’t really a surprise to me how well I was playing so hopefully I can play well again in the next game.

“I did well to shut out the match, in the end I made a really good break and felt my position was good today.

“Fraser played pretty well for one of his first times on TV and you’ve got to give him a lot of credit because he made it hard for me and in the end I had to make a good break to win.”

John Higgins is through to round four after defeating Matthew Stevens, in a repeat of the 1998 UK Championship final. Higgins also won on that occasion, a 10-6 victory clinching his first UK title, and the Scot came out as a 6-2 victor this afternoon.

Higgins led 3-1 at the interval, thanks to a clearance of 62 in the fourth frame to take it 62-61. He then won the next two, including a run of 128, and sealed victory with a run of 52 in frame eight.

“There were two frames where I cleared up and I think they were the turning points in the game,” said Higgins. “If you want to have any chance of winning events, they’re the kind of frames you need to be winning because you’re coming up against players that are going to put breaks in against you.”

David Morris is into the last 16 at the York Barbican for the second year in a row following a 6-2 defeat of David Gilbert. After conquering last year’s runner-up Mark Selby in the last round, the Irishman kept his run going and made breaks of 60 and 65 to clinch the win. He will face the victor tomorrow’s match between Stephen Maguire and Mark Williams.

Anthony McGill won an epic battle against Nigel Bond 6-5, making a break of 76 in the decider after five hours 34 minutes of action.