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Stuart Bingham makes winning start at UK Championship

Published 26/11/2015

Mark Allen was a winner in York on Thursday
Mark Allen was a winner in York on Thursday

World champion Stuart Bingham was glad to get through his opening clash at this year's UK Championship in York.

Since lifting the world crown in Sheffield, Bingham has made four first-round exits but avoided another early departure at the Barbican as he beat Jordan Brown 6-1.

Basildon's Bingham racked up two hundreds and said: "The first three frames could have gone either way so I was happy to be 3-0 up.

"After that I settled down, made some good breaks and finished the match off well. I need to tighten up because my next game will be harder.

"I've got good memories here having reached the semi-finals in the last two years, but for now I'm not looking any further than the second round."

Mark Selby, the man Bingham succeeded as world champion, was also a winner, beating Joe O'Connor 6-0.

"I started off well and put Joe under pressure from the off. I knew he'd be nervous out there anyway having not been in that sort of environment very much," Selby said on World Snooker's official website.

Mark Allen secured his second-round spot by beating Zhao Xintong 6-2.

The Northern Irishman arrived in Yorkshire having won the Bulgarian Open and finished as the runner-up at the Champion of Champions.

"Zhao is an unbelievable talent,'' Allen said. ''He pots balls that he shouldn't even be going for.

"It was a frightening experience because no ball on the table is safe. He has a bright future but he showed his naivety in the shots that he went for, and his safety could be better.

"I used my experience by keeping it tight and making it hard for him."

Allen now meets Michael Georgiou at the last-64 juncture, while Graeme Dott overcame Nigel Bond 6-2.

Vinnie Calabrese fell 6-0 to Robert Milkins and Robin Hull came back to defeat Zhang Anda 6-4, while Robbie Williams and Dechawat Poomjaeng overcame Mitchell Mann and Chris Melling respectively.

Barry Hawkins - the 2013 World finalist - beat Andy Hicks 6-5.

Fifty-three-year-old Jimmy White nearly gave the crowd a night to remember as he rolled back the years and got to 5-5 against Stephen Maguire - making a fine century on the way - but he lost the decider.

Neil Robertson beat Alex Taubman 6-3 while rising star Oliver Lines saw off Cao Yupeng 6-2.

Kyren Wilson is through to the second round after a 6-3 victory over Paul Davison.

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