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

In the evening session current world title holder Luca Brecel of Belgium scored 93 – his top break of the game – as he survived a scare to edge China’s 18-year-old Jiang Jun 4-3. Jun made a 101 break to hit back after going two frames down, but it was not enough.

Scotland’s John Higgins hit a final-frame break of 118 as he eased 4-0 passed Egypt’s Mohamed Ibrahim.

Earlier 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.

Mark Allen put together a 101 break as he also progressed in a 4-3 win over China’s Cao Yupeng.

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