UK Championship 2016: Mark Selby & Stuart Bingham cruise through first round

Stuart Bingham

Former world champion Bingham scored heavily in his opening match

World champion Mark Selby and 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham made light work of their first-round opponents at the UK Championship.

Selby, who won the UK title in 2012, progressed with a comprehensive 6-1 win over fellow Englishman Andy Hicks.

Bingham won a scrappy opening frame but was in fine form thereafter, scoring three half centuries and two tons in a 6-0 win over Poland’s Adam Stefanow.

“I scored heavily and didn’t miss much,” Bingham, 40, said.

“I took my chances and if I keep playing like that I have every chance here.”

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World number 16 Mark Williams said he “struggled from start to finish” despite beating Jason Weston 6-1 to reach round two.

Williams, the champion in 1999 and 2002, lost frame two but was always in control against his English opponent.

The Welshman, who said he was struggling with a neck problem, added: “I had a couple of good breaks but overall it was poor.”

Scot Stephen Maguire, another former champion, is also through after beating China’s Cao Yupeng 6-1 at the York Barbican.

Ali Carter made four half-century and two century breaks in a 6-1 win over fellow Englishman Christopher Keogan.

Australian Neil Robertson, the UK Championship winner in 2013 and 2015, starts his title defence in the evening session from 19:30 GMT.

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