Walden trumps Doherty in York
Ricky Walden recorded two century breaks as he claimed a comfortable 6-1 victory over three-times finalist Ken Doherty to reach the last 16 of the UK Championship at York's Barbican Centre.
The 32-year-old from Chester made light work of his Irish opponent as he sailed into a 3-0 lead before Doherty pulled one back in the fourth frame which he dominated 65-1.
But the world number eight won the next three - the final two with impressive breaks of 129 and 128 respectively - to knock 1997 world champion Doherty out and set up a fourth-round clash against Joel Walker or Stuart Bingham.
Shaun Murphy was made to work hard before he finally progressed with the 2008 winner holding off Jack Lisowski towards the end of their tie.
The "Magician", who was the beaten finalist here two years ago, came out on top following a topsy-turvy match against Lisowski, advancing after a 6-4 win.
Murphy lost the first frame but hit back to claim the next four and was unlucky not to claim a century break in the fourth with 98, only to make amends in the fifth with a score of 103-26 to move 4-1 up.
Lisowski pulled one back before 2005 world champion Murphy claimed the next frame and the 23-year-old from Cheltenham attempted to make a comeback as he won the eighth and ninth before his opponent finished the game off with a 67-13 score.
Judd Trump showed some ominous form with three centuries as he beat Fraser Patrick 6-3 earlier on Monday.
The Bristolian surged into a 4-0 interval lead and though his opponent came back into the game, he had enough of a cushion and was always comfortable.
Trump made an 85 break in the first frame and when he made 129 and 130 in the next two, it looked like being a short afternoon's work. Patrick was in first with 59 in frame four but could not close it out and Trump nicked it for a 4-0 lead.
The interval came at a good time for Patrick and he got on the board with a 66 break and then closed further to 4-2. The players shared the next two frames with half-centuries before Trump wrapped up the game with his third century, a 104.
Trump's attitude has often been criticised but this season he has won the Australian Goldfields Open, his first ranking tournament win for nearly two years, and reached the final of the recent Champion of Champions event in Coventry.
He told BBC Two: "I've put the work in a lot more than I have done in the past, probably 50 per cent more. That's just because of my lack of results in the last couple of seasons, I felt like I'd stood still and everyone else had moved on around me.
"When I'm really confident I don't practice that much because there's no point boring yourself. But after Australia I played five hours a day solid, phone off and just practice.
"I'm trying to concentrate on my snooker and forget going out and stuff like that."
John Higgins produced a vintage showing to beat another former champion Matthew Stevens 6-2. The Scot made breaks of 59, 81, 62 - after Stevens was first in with 61 in frame four - to lead 3-1 at the interval.
He then added a 128 and a 52 in a convincing win and put his improved form this week down to a new shorter cueing motion.
Higgins next faces Anthony McGill, who claimed a 6-5 comeback victory over Nigel Bond to progress, while David Morris beat David Gilbert 6-2 and will face Stephen Maguire or Mark Williams.
Also on Monday evening, Marco Fu saw off Dechawat Poomjaeng 6-3 to set up a last-16 meeting with Murphy - a rematch of the 2008 final - while Matthew Selt overcame Rory McLeod 6-4 in a late finish.