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UK Snooker Championship LIVE: Judd Trump and Ding Junhui in action in York

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The UK Snooker Championship continues with both Judd Trump and Ding Junhui in action at the Barbican Centre in York as round of 16 action begins.

Trump, the 2011 champion, overcame illness to comprehensively defeat Pang Junxu in his first match at the Barbican. He now takes on Welshman Jamie Jones, impressive in a 6-4 win over Jack Lisowski.

On the other table, meanwhile, three-time champion Ding takes on the talented Tom Ford after ending the title defence of Mark Allen in a first round rematch of last year’s final. A victory secured in a deciding frame should fill the veteran Chinese player with confidence, but Ford will pose a tough challenge — the 40-year-old been in strong form, though, climbing to a career high of 16th in the world rankings with a run to the final of the International Championship earlier in November.

The last-16 takes place across two days at the year’s first Triple Crown event, with Ronnie O’Sullivan safely through after winning six consecutive frames to beat Anthony McGill. The subject of the recent The Edge of Everything” documentary will face Robert Milkins on Thursday. Second round matches remain best-of-11 frame affairs.

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Follow the action from the York Barbican with our live blog below:

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Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:53

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UK Snooker Championship LIVE

Speaking of the speed of play, here is an interesting idea back in the headlines again with some high-profile backing behind it. Certainly, there are times where the search for snookers can feel tedious, but it certainly adds intrigue when a trailing player is able to manufacture a fruitful position and force their way back into the frame.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:50

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Ding Junhui 3-2 Tom Ford

The other match in this session is brewing nicely – and running slightly quicker. Ding Junhui has secured the first frame after the interval against Tom Ford and leads 3-2.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:48

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Judd Trump 4-0 Jamie Jones

That’s nine frames in a row at this year’s UK Championship for Judd Trump, who sealed victory in his first round match against Pang Junxu with five successive frames earlier in the week. Ominous.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:45

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Judd Trump 4-0 Jamie Jones

Frame over. Jamie Jones knocks in the yellow and sets about snookering Judd Trump on the green, but gets his angles wrong and leaves it on. Trump duly converts the opportunity to seal a mini-session sweep and a 4-0 advantage at the interval.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:42

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Judd Trump 3-0 Jamie Jones

The faintest of flicks on the yellow denies Jamie Jones the four points he needs to make the frame salvageable after what looks a tough snooker. There’s no colour near a cushion to aid Jones’s snooker chase.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:40

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Judd Trump 3-0 Jamie Jones

Jones disposes of the remaining reds after a Trump escape. 29 behind, 27 remaining as he takes black then pink.

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Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:37

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Judd Trump 3-0 Jamie Jones

Another mistake from Jamie Jones, opening up one of the three reds. In it goes, followed by a colour of sufficient value to leave Jones needing snookers. Judd Trump can’t make totally certain of the frame – the lead is 44 with 43 remaining on the table.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:35

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Judd Trump 3-0 Jamie Jones

But a break of 11 is all he can muster, over-cutting the easiest of the remaining trio to the middle.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:33

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Judd Trump 3-0 Jamie Jones

Jones gives Trump a glimpse, and the left-hander sends a red tip-toeing towards the middle pocket. It’s half-an-inch from the diving board, though, and doesn’t drop, allowing Jones to re-start with a thin cut.

He builds his break to seven with three reds left.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 November 2023 14:32

Source: Independent

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