‘Too easy’ for Jud as he whitewashes Poomjaeng 6-0

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Judd Trump was never tested in his UK Championship second round match as he beat Dechawat Poomjaeng 6-0.

The Bristolian had York’s Barbican Centre on red alert for a possible 147 at one stage, breaking down at 97, but outscored his Thai opponent 497 points to 114 and 143 pots to 31 in a one-sided contest.

World number four Trump made 78 in frame two and missed the 13th black of his maximum attempt in the next.

It was 4-0 at the interval after a 64 and it quickly became 6-0, Poomjaeng conceding after failing to get the snooker he needed in frame six and leaving an easy red.

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

John Higgins also had a comfortable time, the three-time champion beating Rod Lawler 6-1.

Breaks of 77 in frame three, 128 in frame four and 72 in frame six saw Higgins to victory, though his opponent at least got on the board with an 85 in frame five.

A relieved Stephen Maguire withstood a barrage from Belgian prodigy Luca Brecel to reach the third round.

Maguire thought he was on his way out when he trailed 4-1 and 5-2, but the Scot won the last four frames with the help of a 68, a 50 and a closing 91.

“I didn’t fancy that at all at 5-2, didn’t fancy spinning off four,” he said. “I’m just very relieved.”

Scott Donaldson produced a notable upset to beat Mark Davis 6-5.

Donaldson led 2-0 but the world number 13 levelled, with the help of a 96 break, and eventually went ahead for the first time at 5-4.

The last two frames were closely fought but the 19-year-old Scot took both and thumped the table in celebration.

Matthew Stevens needed a contender for shot of the tournament to finally beat Yu Delu 6-5.

World number 12 Ricky Walden is also through after a 6-2 win over Leeds’ Peter Lines with breaks of 54, 66, 79 and 76.