Trump sweeps aside Jones at UK Championship

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Trump has won three titles this season and also won 22 matches in a rowTrump has won three titles this season and also won 22 matches in a row

Judd Trump says he will have to improve significantly to stand any chance of winning his second UK Championship.

The 2011 UK champion thrashed Jamie Jones 6-0 to secure a quarter-final place in York.

Breaks of 100, 59, 51 and 47 saw the world number two dominate to reach only his second UK quarter-final since 2014.

"It's going to get a lot harder than that. I know if I perform like that against one of the top, top players, then I'll be going home," he said.

"It [the scoreline] was a bit flattering. He didn't really turn up. When someone misses chances against you it's important to punish them - and that's what I did.

"I don't know whether it was a just a bad day at the office for him, but I'm sure he'll be disappointed with how he played."

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Trump opened with a fine century break before Welshman Jones missed chances to level, allowing his opponent to cruise into a 4-0 interval lead.

It was also one-way traffic following the resumption as Trump claimed the two frames he needed for a routine victory and a meeting with either Mark Selby, a two-time UK champion, or Barry Hawkins on Friday.

"It was a nightmare, I didn't enjoy that at all," Jones told the BBC.

"I didn't settle down and the match got away from me. I think I tried too hard."

Meanwhile, three-time UK winner Ding Junhui beat Tom Ford 6-3 to guarantee a quarter-final berth.

China's Ding led 2-0 thanks to successive century breaks - 126 and 110 - before Ford responded with runs of 118 and 98 to restore parity.

But Ding pulled away with further breaks of 106, 51 and 48 to set up a meeting with either double UK winner Mark Williams or qualifier Jamie Clarke, also on Friday.

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