Judd Trump
Judd Trump

Northern Ireland Open snooker results: Judd Trump makes 147 maximum break and Ronnie O'Sullivan cruises through

Judd Trump compiled a stunning 147 maximum break in his 4-0 whitewash of Gao Yang at the Northern Ireland Open.

The world number one reeled off three centuries in a flawless display that sent out a clear warning shot to the rest of the field as he chases a third Northern Ireland Open title in as many years.

Trump set the tone for the afternoon by kicking off with a typically stylish break of 127 and when he quickly doubled his lead, the writing was already on the wall for Yang.

The maximum moment came in frame three, a trademark long red getting Trump up and running before he steadfast refused to play on any colour other than the black. Once a red berthed on the left-hand side cushion was negotiated with ease, the scene was set and Trump never looked like fluffing his lines as he took care of the colours in nerveless fashion.

The defending champion allowed himself a measured fist pump and a brief smile when potting the final black to complete his fifth career maximum, before finishing the job in the very next frame, another superb hundred break (109) sending him hurtling into the last 32.

Trump will take on Belgian Luca Brecel in the third round.

O'Sullivan rockets past Slessor

Ronnie O'Sullivan finally got the better of Elliot Slessor as he booked his place in the last 32 courtesy of an ultimately convincing 4-1 victory.

Slessor had won the two previous meetings between the pair, but found O'Sullivan less accommodating this time around despite raising hopes of pulling off another shock when taking the opening frame courtesy of a break of 71.

The match turned on a big moment in frame two when Slessor looked set to steal the frame after O'Sullivan had broken down, only to produce a lapse positional shot on the final red and miss the subsequent thin cut, leaving the ball hanging in the jaws for O'Sullivan to level the scores.

Still smarting from letting that chance slip, Slessor missed a simple brown at the beginning of frame three and when O'Sullivan again took advantage - this time with a run of 76 - the match had turned on its axis.

Now smelling blood, O'Sullivan went in for the kill as Slessor struggled to stop the bleeding and further breaks of 78 and 97 saw the Rocket claim the next two frames with the minimum of fuss.

O’Sullivan told Eurosport: “That’s up there with one of the best victories of my career. He beat me twice before. He had the voodoo sign over me and seems to play fantastically well every time he plays me.

“The way he started off I thought, ‘here we go again’. I just had to hopefully get a chance.

“Sometimes beating someone like Elliot Slesser in this tournament, in that round, is better than beating someone like (Mark) Selby in the semis of the worlds. Everyone on the circuit knows how good Elliot is. He can play.”

Wilson lasts home as big guns fall away

Elsewhere, Kyren Wilson held off a spirited comeback from Ken Doherty before eventually prevailing 4-3.

Wilson looked to have matters firmly in hand when racing into a 3-0 lead, but Doherty roared back and forced a deciding frame thanks to breaks of 90 and 71.

However, Wilson held his nerve and produced a fabulous, match-winning run of 135 to set up a third-round meeting with Michael Holt who beat Louis Heathcote 4-3.

Ding Junhui continued his strong recent form with a 4-1 win over Lu Ning while Matthew Stevens saw off Mark Davis 4-2 and Stephen Maguire also progressed.

Former world champions Mark Williams and Stuart Bingham were big-name casualties as Dominic Dale and Zhao Jianbo registered big wins, so too Lukas Kleckers who claimed one of the biggest scalps of his career when routing Mark Selby 4-0.

For the second time in a week, Ben Woollaston got the better of Neil Robertson. Woollaston made a pair of centuries in his 4-2 victory but John Higgins didn't need to be as destructive as he saw off Patrick Wallace 4-2.

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