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Welsh Open: Defending champion Robert Milkins beats Allan Taylor in round two

February 13, 2024, 12:37 GMT

Updated 56 minutes ago

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Last year's Welsh Open was Robert Milkins' second ranking title after winning the 2022 Gibraltar Open

Venue: Venue Cymru, Llandudno Dates: 12-18 February

Coverage: Live on ` TV, ` iPlayer, ` Red Button and watch online.

Defending champion Robert Milkins moves into the third round of the Welsh Open with a 4-1 win over Allan Taylor.

After a weak 4-3 win in the first round over Jamie Jones, Milkins started with an excellent 140 break in the first frame.

Taylor hit back with a 75 before two thrilling frames and a break of 83 secured the 47-year-old Bristolian a place in the last 32.

“My potting was a little better than yesterday, but I still make some mistakes,” Milkins said.

“I felt really good in Germany last week, probably the best I’ve felt this season.”

“I wasn't really good at all and it looks like it's all falling into place, but it seems a lot harder to get that consistency than it used to be. Because I’m getting older, it’s difficult.”

Three-time world champion Mark Williams advanced to the third round after a thrilling but error-filled match with Sanderson Lam.

England's Lam, ranked 65th in the world, will rue missed opportunities after forcing a decisive goal in the final frame from three down.

Two-time Welsh Open champion Williams opened with a break of 90 to punish a costly miss from Lam, who responded with a break of 89 in the second frame.

Williams then made a 117 break in the third frame, but Lam continued to fight until the fight finally went to the seventh frame, which the Welshman won with a clear 96 break.

“I’m definitely happy, I think I played pretty well,” Williams said.

“He [Lam] missed an easy black in the first frame, and I think he missed another easy black, but he sank some incredible hits right next to the boards.

“I think overall it was a good game. I think we both played well at times.”

Adam Duffy claimed a convincing 4-0 win over Llanelli's Jamie Clarke – with a 54 break in the second frame being the highlight for the Sheffield man.

Gary Wilson secured a 4-2 victory over Ukraine's Julian Boiko, while Robbie Williams defeated former world number one Ding Junhui by the same score.

Williams took a 2-0 lead and managed a break of 54 in the first frame, although Ding equalized with scores of 88 and 66.

An impressive break of 119 then put Williams on the brink of victory and the Wallasey-born 37-year-old powered to a 72-56 win in the sixth frame to edge out 2012 champion Ding.

China's Xiao Guodong is out of the tournament despite posting a break of 134. Xiao was beaten 4-3 by Barry Hawkins while Scotland's Anthony McGill edged past Long Zehuang 4-1.

Welsh teenager Liam Davies mastered the final first-round game of the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Switzerland's Alexander Ursenbacher, including breaks of 74 and 119.

The 17-year-old from Tredegar will face fellow Welshman Duane Jones in the second round this evening.

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