UK Championship: Judd Trump cruises through but Shaun Murphy suffers shock loss

Judd Trump
Judd Trump has won five ranking titles in 2019
Betway UK Championship
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 26 November-8 December
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 30 November

World number one Judd Trump raced into the second round of the UK Championship, but there was a shock first-round defeat for Shaun Murphy at the York Barbican.

Reigning world champion Trump was in relaxed mood as he outclassed world number 127 Amine Amiri 6-0.

Murphy, champion in 2008, let a 3-1 lead slip in his 6-4 defeat against world number 121 Eden Sharav.

"That's the best win of my career," said Sharav, 27.

"I have beaten some good players, like Stuart Bingham and Ali Carter, but that's definitely the best.

"It's the first time I have won here. To beat a player like Shaun is amazing."

Sharav had not won a match in six previous attempts this season but scored four breaks of more than 50 and held his nerve impressively in the latter stages to progress.

"I wasn't at my best but didn't play terribly," Murphy said. "I didn't see that coming. I've had a good season. Credit to Eden. He played fabulously and he took his chances. I have no real complaints."

Trump stays on track for 'treble'

Trump, the UK champion in 2011, has won five ranking titles in this calendar year, including a first Crucible success and a Masters title.

Victory over Moroccan Amiri, who was making just his second appearance on the snooker tour, means he could still become the first player to hold all of snooker's 'Triple Crown' events of World Championship, UK Championship and Masters at the same time since Mark Williams when he won all three in the 2002-03 season. The last player to win all three in a calendar year was Stephen Hendry in 1996.

Trump said: "It's good to be playing well.

"I am on a good spell. You never know when it can end so you just have to enjoy it.

"It's good to get through and be in the tournament properly," added Trump, who scored one century in the whitewash.

In the morning session, Trump's good friend, the world number 13 Jack Lisowski, had little trouble seeing off David Lilley 6-2 to secure his place in round two.

The Gloucester man, 28, was not at his best, but was still a class above his opponent despite having to play with a new cue.

Scotland's Alan McManus, 48, was also a first-round winner, the world number 55, opening with two centuries on his way to an impressive 6-1 success against over England's Elliott Slessor to tee up a match with Barry Hawkins.

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