Higgins sees off Trump

World champion John Higgins dumped snooker's new sensation Judd Trump out of the Partypoker.com Snooker Shoot-Out in Blackpool last night.

World champion John Higgins dumped snooker's new sensation Judd Trump out of the Partypoker.com Snooker Shoot-Out in Blackpool last night.

The veteran Scot beat Trump 62-16 in their 10-minute match at the Circus Arena, inflicting another defeat on the man he beat in the Crucible final last May.

Higgins opened an early lead with a break of 33 and then played a cagey game, being booed by the crowd at one stage for playing safe, before moving further clear of the 22-year-old Bristolian, who won the UK Championship last month.

Higgins, 36, booked his place in the last 32 and will play his next match tomorrow evening.

The Scot said of the quickfire format: "It's a lottery. If you get through the first few rounds you can look forward to maybe doing something."

Trump said on Sky Sports: "I didn't play a lot of shots so it was hard. Tonight was just a bit of fun really."

World number one Mark Selby joined Higgins in the second round after crushing Joe Perry 104-1 in their match.

With a 20-second shot-clock in force, Selby said: "I'm not really rushing shots but you're under a lot more pressure because you know if you miss once and give them a chance it could be all over."

Defending champion Nigel Bond bowed out in the first match of the three-day tournament, last year's surprise winner losing 30-15 to Robert Milkins.

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen, fined £250 yesterday after his outburst against World Snooker chief Barry Hearn in December, put that behind him to beat Rory McLeod 46-19, while there were also wins for Martin Gould, Matthew Stevens, Ken Doherty, Graeme Dott and Mark Williams, who thrashed Steve Davis 72-0.

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