Snooker - Murphy, Selby progress in Australia

Shaun Murphy comfortably moved into round two of the Australia Goldfields Open having dispatched Michael White 5-1.

Snooker - Murphy, Selby progress in Australia

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Shaun Murphy (Imago)

White, in fact, took a scrappy first frame with runs of 29 and 27 but the world number four responded in fine fashion with breaks of 57 and 129 to take a one frame lead.

Murphy took a decisive scrappy fourth before rattling off frames five and six with runs of 46 and 87 to progress to the next round.

Elsewhere, Fergal O’Brien held his nerve to take a 46-minute deciding frame to beat Ricky Walden.

O’Brien had led 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 but Crucible semi-finalist Walden pegged him back each time to set up a tense finale - in which the world number 36 held his nerve to progress.

Mark Selby came from 3-0 and 4-3 down to seal his progress against Ian Burns and ensure his participation in the second round.


Mark Selby 5-4 Ian Burns

Alfie Burden 5-2 Michael Holt

Shaun Murphy 5-1 Michael White

Joe Perry 5-0 Xiao Guodong

Fergal O’Brien 5-4 Ricky Walden

Dominic Dale 5-4 Mike Dunn

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