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Whitewash Double for Judd Trump

Judd Trump recorded his second whitewash victory in the UK Championship after a 6-0 drubbing of Chris Wakelin in the last 64 on Saturday evening.

Judd Trump English Open (WS)

Trump has risen to no.2 in the world rankings. Photo credit: World Snooker

The 2011 champion wasn’t at his free-scoring best but comfortably move passed his fellow Englishman to book his place in the third round in York.

Trump, with victory in the European Masters and numerous other positive runs, has been one of the best players of this season, form he believes has been aided by the successful eye laser surgery he undertook during the summer.

The 28 year-old will likely undergo a sterner test in the next stage as he takes on former world champion Graeme Dott for a place in the last 16.

The Scot withstood a sterling late fight back by Dominic Dale from 5-2 behind to deny the eccentric Welshman in a decider.

Elsewhere, Stephen Maguire compiled four breaks above 70 as he routed Jak Jones by a 6-0 scoreline.

Maguire, who destroyed the field to win this tournament at the Barbican Centre way back in 2004, is one of the few players still in the mix in the Race to the Masters.

Most of the focus has surrounded the battle between Ryan Day, who is crucially currently holding onto the 16th and final invitation in the rankings, with Neil Robertson but Maguire is among a handful of competitors who can break into the equation with a deep run next week.

Interestingly, the 36 year-old’s next challenge is Liang Wenbo, who while being in a precarious 15th place isn’t guaranteed his berth at the prestigious invitational either.

Liang scored a 110 and several other frame-winning contributions as he hammered Mitchell Mann 6-1.

Meanwhile, 2008 runner-up Marco Fu held off Zhao Xintong to progress with a 6-4 triumph over the young Chinese talent while Joe Perry overcame the in-form Jack Lisowski 6-3.

Kurt Maflin disappointed Jimmy White’s legion of followers with a scrappy 6-2 victory over the 1992 champion and Peter Lines repeated the scoreline over Xu Si.

A victory for son Oliver Lines earlier in the day would have had the pair clashing for the first time as professionals but the younger Leeds man fell to Mark Allen in a close affair.

Before that fixture, Allen, never shy of sharing his views, took to social media to complain about his TV table snub for the second round, with the Northern Irishman the only player left in the competition who was ranked in the top 10 and not put on the centre stage.

It’s fair enough to be disappointed at being asked to perform on one of the outside tables but, in fairness, what does he expect when his session is the same as the one involving world number one Mark Selby and twice former champions Neil Robertson and Mark Williams?

Allen, arguably an underachiever in the sport having failed to capture a major crown at the age of 31, could perhaps do with backing up his bravado by finally fulfilling some of his early potential.

Of course, the main story on the fourth day of action came in the afternoon session when defending champion Selby suffered a surprise 6-3 defeat at the hands of the lowly ranked Scott Donaldson.

The Leicester man wasn’t at his best but his 23 year-old Scottish challenger conjured up a terrific display, rounding off the contest with an impressive pot success rate of 94%.

On Sunday, Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, and Shaun Murphy are among those in action.

Live coverage continues on the BBC and Eurosport.

Click here to view the draw. (Times: CET)

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