Trump hits the heights

30 November 2017 22:00:28 GMTPlus11

Judd Trump thinks it is time he enjoyed a good run at the UK Championship after thrashing Matthew Bolton 6-0 in the first round in York.

The world number two won the tournament six years ago and was the runner-up in 2014 but has been less successful in the last two years.

However, the 28-year-old has been in good form of late, winning the European Masters and reaching the final of the Shanghai Masters.

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

"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."

Meanwhile, the world number one Mark Selby was given a fright by Egypt's Basem Eltahhan before eventually prevailing 6-4.

The first-round clash was tied at 2-2 but defending champion Selby eventually showed his class and sealed victory in frame ten with a run of 63.

He said afterwards: "It was unbelievable. To perform like Basem did throughout the match, he played like a top-32 player."

Shaun Murphy eased past Pakistan's Hamza Akbar 6-1 and Anthony McGill saw off Ashley Hugill 6-2.

Luca Brecel hit back from 4-3 down to beat Soheil Vahedi 6-4 and Mark Allen triumphed against Germany's Lukas Kleckers 6-2.

China's Lyu Haotian beat Anthony Hamilton 6-1 and Iran's Hossein Vafaei saw off James Wattana 6-4. Ricky Walden eased past Duane Jones 6-1 and Peter Lines edged out Zhou Yuelong 6-5.

Stephen Maguire is 1/6 to beat Jak Jones in York and Dominic Dale is 4/11 to come out on top against Adam Duffy.

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