Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

King blows away Whirlwind Jimmy White at Wembley

Jimmy White bowed out of the Masters last night in front of a partisan home crowd at Wembley.

Fresh from his stint in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, White ended up second best to Mark King.

The Whirlwind, who has lost in six World finals, was hit for six again as he fell 6-2 in the wildcard round as he failed to recapture the form that made him such a fans’ favourite.

Earlier, Mark Selby breezed through to the second round with a 6-1 rout of China's Ding Junhui.

Selby raced out to a 5-0 lead and only missed out on a whitewash as he failed to pot the frame ball in the sixth, giving Ding a consolation frame before Selby finished the job in the seventh.

Ding looked like giving Selby a good fight in a competitive opener and then opened with a break of 42 in the second, but a mistake on the blue let Selby back in and he did not look back with some outstanding snooker.

Selby will now go forward to face world champion John Higgins or Ulsterman Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.

Peter Ebdon booked himself a quarter-final meeting with either Ronnie O'Sullivan or Neil Robertson as he beat Marco Fu 6-2.

Ebdon came storming back after losing the opening two frames, producing some outstanding stuff to win six in a row.

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