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Trump sails into third round after 'easy' win

ESPN staff
December 1, 2013
Judd Trump saw a bid for a 147 break down at 97 © PA Photos

Judd Trump enjoyed an emphatic 6-0 whitewash over Dechawat Poomjaeng as he sailed into the third round of the UK Championship.

Trump was even on course for a 147 at the Barbican Centre but his bid broke down at 97.

The world No. 4 made 78 in the second frame but missed the 13th black of his maximum attempt in the third, before going into the interval 4-0 up.

It didn't take long for Trump to finish his opponent off, with Poomjaeng conceding having left an easy red after failing to get the snooker he required in frame six.

"It was a bit too easy, I wanted to be pushed a little bit more," said Trump. "Apart from the 147 attempt, it was too easy."

Asked when he felt his bid for a maximum was on, he said: "Before the frame started. Every frame, I'm going for a 147, I've not done one on TV so that's my main aim.

"It was a good attempt. I had a kick and then got back into position and I just took my eye off the black."

Stuart Bingham secured a scrappy 6-2 win over Jimmy White, but admitted after that he had been distracted after his wife was involved in a car accident.

Bingham said: "I couldn't pick myself up, I don't know what it was.

"My missus rung up, she had a car accident yesterday so I don't know if that's playing on my mind - everything's alright but I was a bit worried about that.

"She just reversed into someone and it turned into fisticuffs."

Ding Junhui beat his childhood hero James Wattana 6-1. He said: "It didn't feel like playing a match today, just a practice game. We know each other very well so it's very hard playing James.

"I'm happy to get through, not happy with how I played today. I still found it hard with position, always losing control of the white ball, but this one felt better than the first game."

John Higgins sealed an emphatic 6-1 win over three-time champion Rod Lawler. Breaks of 77, 128 and 72 helped Higgins on his way to the third round, though Lawler got on the board with an 85 in the fifth frame.

"I managed to nick the first frame when it was pretty close and I think that set the tone," said Higgins. "I got a couple of frames quite quickly after that so that got me in control of the game."

Stephen Maguire came back from 5-2 down to beat Luca Brecel, winning the last four frames with a 68, a 50 and a 91 to close.

"I didn't fancy that at all at 5-2, didn't fancy spinning off four," Maguire said. "I'm just very relieved."

Scott Donaldson upset Mark Davis 6-5, having trailed 5-4. "It's the best feeling in the world," the 19-year-old said. "This is such a big event, I used to watch it as a kid, and I'm just over the moon.

"It's good that my dad was here to watch it as well, I couldn't take my eyes off my dad at the end."

Higgins said of his young compatriot: "I was on a break to go 5-1 up and I was actually more concerned about the game at the far end of the room, where wee Scott was playing.

"That's a great win for him, he's done something I can't do - beat Mark Davis!"

World No. 9 Mark Allen enjoyed a 6-3 win over Dave Harold, while Joe Perry beat Daniel Wells 6-3, with Stuart Carrington beating John Astley 6-1.

Anthony McGill whitewashed Chris Norbury 6-0, while Matthew Stevens beat Yu Delu 6-5. Ricky Walden saw off Peter Lines 6-2, and will face Mark Williams next after his 6-3 victory over Rory McLeod.

Robert Milkins sealed a 6-5 win over Liu Chuang, while Li Hang beat Andrew Higginson 6-4 and Jamie Burnett edged rookie Chris Wakelin 6-5.

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