Judd Trump: 2011 champion cruises into UK quarter-finals with 6-0 win over Jamie Jones

Trump has won three consecutive titles this season and also won 22 matches in a row
Trump has won three consecutive titles this season and also won 22 matches in a row

Judd Trump says he will have to improve significantly to stand any chance of winning his second UK Championship.

The 2011 UK champion thrashed Jamie Jones 6-0 to secure a quarter-final place in York.

Breaks of 100, 59, 51 and 47 saw the world number two dominate to reach only his second UK quarter-final since 2014.

“It’s going to get a lot harder than that. I know if I perform like that against one of the top, top players, then I’ll be going home,” Trump said.

“It [the scoreline] was a bit flattering. He didn’t really turn up. When someone misses chances against you it’s important to punish them – and that’s what I did.

“I don’t know whether it was a just a bad day at the office for him, but I’m sure he’ll be disappointed with how he played.”

Trump opened with a fine century break before Welshman Jones missed chances to level, allowing his opponent to cruise into a 4-0 interval lead.

It was also one-way traffic following the resumption as Trump claimed the two frames he needed for a routine victory and a meeting with two-time UK champion Mark Selby on Friday.

“It was a nightmare, I didn’t enjoy that at all,” Jones told the BBC.

“I didn’t settle down and the match got away from me. I think I tried too hard.”

Three-time UK winner Ding Junhui beat Tom Ford 6-3 to guarantee a quarter-final berth.

China’s Ding led 2-0 thanks to successive century breaks – 126 and 110 – before Ford responded with runs of 118 and 98 to restore parity.

But Ding pulled away with further breaks of 106, 51 and 48 to set up a meeting with double UK winner Mark Williams, also on Friday.

Selby edges past Hawkins

Two-time UK champion Mark Selby
Selby won his UK titles in 2012 and 2016

Four-time world champion Selby was made to go the distance before edging Barry Hawkins 6-5.

Breaks of 142, 101 and 52 helped the world number five establish a 3-1 lead.

But Hawkins rallied from 5-3 down with breaks of 88 and 84 to force a deciding frame that lasted nearly an hour.

Selby held his nerve to scrape over the winning line on the final three colours.

“I’m exhausted, but it was always going to be a tough match,” he said.

“It’s a massive tournament, but at 5-5 I thought I was going home.”

Meanwhile, Welshman Williams compiled three centuries – 138, 107 and 100 – as he fought back from 2-0 down to beat compatriot Jamie Clarke 6-4.

A 67 and two breaks of 55 also helped the three-time world champion guarantee a place in the 110th ranking quarter-final of his career.

“I played really well throughout the whole match,” said Williams.

“That hundred break I made in the last frame was up there with one of the best hundreds I’ve had.”

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