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Trump Hits Bolton For Six In York

Judd Trump eased into the last 64 of the Betway UK Championship with a 6-0 whitewash of Matthew Bolton.

World number two Trump top scored with 137, the highest break of the tournament so far, as he set up a second round meeting with Chris Wakelin or Lee Walker.


Bristol’s Trump captured this title in 2011 and comes to York in good form having won the European Masters and reached the final of the Shanghai Masters in recent weeks.

“I felt good, I’ve practised hard for this and I felt sharp out there,” he said. “I didn’t really give him a chance until the final frame, so hopefully I can keep that up.

“This is one of the better tournaments and it was a nice crowd out there for the first round. I’ve done well twice here but I’ve been inconsistent and not done well the past couple of years. I’m due a run here.”

Trump was asked about last week’s Northern Ireland Open when he lost in the first round to Stuart Carrington, and conceded the last frame early, with seven reds still on the table, by pushing his cue into the pack.

“It’s not something that I regret. I think everyone has done it over time,” said the 28-year-old. “I didn’t do anything horrible to Stuart, I didn’t punch the table like other people have done or bang my cue. I just gave up too early when he was going to win because the balls were everywhere.

“I said good luck to Stuart and didn’t mean it in a bad way. I was just down on myself and too tired having done a lot of travelling. When you’re not sleeping, you’re not thinking straight.”

Tour rookie Eltahhan enjoyed his moment in the spotlight against Selby

World number one Mark Selby had to battle for nearly four hours to beat Egypt’s Basem Eltahhan 6-4. African champion Eltahhan made breaks of 79 and 99 in sharing the first four frames. Selby made 58 and 76 to lead 4-2 but his opponent, ranked 131, kept fighting and took two of the next three to trail 5-4. Defending champion Selby eventually sealed victory in frame ten with a run of 63.

Selby said: “It was unbelievable. To perform like Basem did throughout the match, he played like a top 32 player. He has only played a couple of matches before (losing both 4-0) but he did himself proud tonight.”

Shaun Murphy enjoyed a comfortable win, beating Pakistan’s Hamza Akbar 6-1. World number six Murphy lost the opening frame but then reeled off six in a row with top runs of 74, 55, 129, 52 and 74.

Anthony McGill showed his break-building class in a 6-2 win over Ashley Hugill, knocking in 84, 66, 105, 108 and 110.  Luca Brecel came from 4-3 down to beat Soheil Vahedi 6-4.

Mark Allen saw off Germany’s Lukas Kleckers 6-2 with top runs of 81, 101, 99, 104 and 72. “I scored well but I didn’t really play well, I was getting chances that I won’t get against the top players,” said Northern Ireland’s Allen. “I’m just happy to get over the line because the first round here is not easy. I feel my game is in good shape.”

China’s Lyu Haotian, a semi-finalist last week in Belfast, beat Anthony Hamilton 6-1 with a top run of 107 while Iran’s Hossein Vafaei top scored with 93 in a 6-4 win over James Wattana. Ricky Walden made a 118 in a 6-1 defeat of Duane Jones.

Leeds cueman Peter Lines edged out Zhou Yuelong 6-5 so remains on course for a possible third round meeting with son Oliver Lines, who beat Mei Xiwen 6-3.

India’s Aditya Mehta potted pink and black in the deciding frame to beat Sam Baird 6-5 while Jack Lisowski made a 124 in a 6-4 win over Wang Yuchen.