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O’Sullivan records crushing win at UK Championship

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UK Championship 2016: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Rhys Clark 6-0

Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan raced into the third round of the UK Championship with a second successive 6-0 win at the York Barbican.

O’Sullivan gave Scotland’s Rhys Clark a sniff of an opening in the first frame before taking advantage of his opponent’s nerves in ruthless fashion.

He scored a century in the second frame, made three breaks of 50 plus and rounded off with a stylish 131.

“So far so good. I played OK,” said the 40-year-old world number eight.

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O’Sullivan, who faces Londoner Michael Georgiou in the third round on Wednesday, said that despite his magnificent form he was “blagging” it on the baize.

“I don’t want to spend the rest of my life hitting balls in a snooker room,” he added.

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UK Championship 2016: Ronnie O’Sullivan pots two flukes

China’s Ding Junhui won five frames in a row to see off Scotland’s Ross Muir 6-2, the world number five saying afterwards he “switched off” and “lost concentration” in the early stages.

Last year’s runner-up Liang Wenbo of China was beaten 6-4 by his fellow countryman from Yan Bingtao.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen scored the first professional 147 of his career as he beat Rod Lawler 6-4 to move into the last 32.

The world number 10 said: “It’s great to get a maximum and get that monkey off my back. The pressure was on me big time because it was all there for me.”

Judd Trump, the 2008 champion, and 2011 winner Shaun Murphy both play in Sunday’s evening session which gets under way at 19:00 GMT.

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UK Championship 2016: Mark Allen hits first career 147

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