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Snooker: Trump gives rival Mehta no quarter

Judd Trump was at his unstoppable best as he beat India’s Aditya Mehta 6-0 to reach the International Championship quarter-finals in Chengdu.

The 2011 UK champion started as he meant to continue in China, taking the first frame and pulling two clear with a break of 98. Mehta continued to make errors and two scoring visits in frame four – the second a 62 kick-started by an outrageous long red with the white in the jaws of the green pocket – put the Bristolian 4-0 up.

They had played for little more than 40 minutes before heading to the interval at which point world No 1 Mark Selby was still in his first frame against Ricky Walden following a long quest for a snooker.

Good safety brought Mehta back from a 62-point deficit in the first frame back, but he undid his good work by leaving an easy brown and Trump cleared to lead 5-0 before clinching a whitewash win in the next frame. Trump will face Mark Allen, who avenged his first-round defeat at this year’s World Championship against China’s Cao Yupeng.

Northern Irishman Allen 
accused his opponent of dishonesty after that match, claiming that Cao failed to declare an 
illegal push shot when leading 5-4.

This time, though, Allen won through 6-2.

 

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