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Welsh Open snooker: Former champion Shaun Murphy knocked out by Barry Pinches

Welsh Open snooker Former champion Shaun Murphy knocked out by Barry 
Former world champion Shaun Murphy is out of the Welsh Open after losing a tense final-frame decider against Barry Pinches in the first round.

Former world champion Shaun Murphy went out of the Welsh Open after losing a final-frame decider against fellow Englishman Barry Pinches in round one.

Pinches trailed 3-2 and needed snookers in the final frame, but held his nerve to beat the 2020 Welsh Open winner 4-3.

Reigning champion Robert Milkins, who defeated Murphy in last year's final, edged past Jamie Jones 4-3.

Welshman Jones hit breaks of 72, 136 and 70 to lead 3-2 but Milkins hit back to progress.

Three-time world champion Mark Williams secured his place in the second round with a 4-2 win over John Astley.

China's Ding Junhui, who won this tournament in 2012, beat England's Jenson Kendrick 4-2.

Ding's compatriot Zhang Anda, ranked 13th in the world, saw off American Ahmed Aly Elsayed 4-1, while world number 17 Jack Lisowski beat fellow Englishman Oliver Brown 4-2.

Australia's 2010 world champion Neil Robertson racked up breaks of 50, 68, 57 and 103 in his 4-1 victory over Wales' Jackson Page.

Barry Hawkins compiled a break of 142 - the highest in Llandudno so far - on his way to a 4-0 win over He Guoqiang, while Welshman Alfie Davies beat Scotland's Liam Graham 4-1.

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