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Mark Selby and Anthony Hamilton slip up in World Grand Prix first round

There were two notable casualties in the first round of the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix on Wednesday - Mark Selby and Anthony Hamilton.

World number one Selby lost 4-3 to Martin Gould at Preston's Guild Hall, while Mark Allen crushed German Masters winner Hamilton 4-0.

Selby lost the first two frames but replied with an 87 - only for Pinner's Gould to move within a frame of victory with a clearance of 142.

'The Jester from Leicester' hit back though, edging the next frame and taking the contest to a decider with a clearance of 64.

However, Gould maintained his composure and - after a rerack - made sure of his place in the last 16, helped by a break of 54.

He told ITV4 afterwards: "It's always a big win - he's the comeback king. I felt really good out there all match.

"I'm slowly but surely learning to be a fast starter - sometimes I'm slow out of the blocks," added the 35-year-old, who plays Masters runner-up Joe Perry in the second round.

Joining him there is Allen, who crushed German Masters winner Hamilton 4-0.

The Northern Irishman took control with breaks of 55, 85 and 78, then finished the job impressively with a clearance of 140.

Elsewhere there were 4-2 wins for Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui - against Ricky Walden and Yu Delu respectively.

Ronnie O'Sullivan is Robertson's opponent in the second round and the Australian said: "It's going to be nice to go into a game where no one expects me to win."

In the first of the second round matches, defending champion Shaun Murphy edged out Ding Junhui 4-3 to set up a quarter-final match against Ryan Day - who beat fellow Welshman Michael White 4-2.

Mark King was another 4-3 winner, against Ali Carter, and will play Marco Fu after his 4-2 defeat of Anthony McGill in the final game of the night to finish.

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