Neil Robertson cruises to emphatic victory

ON A ROLL: Neil Robertson pots another red on his way to victory in last night's second-round match at the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open in Bendigo. Picture: PETER WEAVING

ON A ROLL: Neil Robertson pots another red on his way to victory in last night's second-round match at the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open in Bendigo. Picture: PETER WEAVING

NUMBER one seed Neil Robertson cruised to a 5-0 victory in Thursday night’s second-round match at the $500,000 Snooker Australia Goldfields Open in Bendigo.

After a slow start in Wednesday’s opening game, Robertson dominated his latest stint at the table against Jamie Jones.

Robertson struck a break of 104 as he won the opening frame against Jones, 113-4, at Bendigo Stadium.

The Australian star then followed up with an 87-14 win, which included a break of 86.

Robertson’s hot form kept rolling as he achieived a match-high break of 140 in frame three.

The fourth frame was the closest of the contest.

Jones had a break of 50, but it was Robertson who took the frame, 59-51.

Last year’s runner-up at the Goldfields Open showed he will be a force to be reckoned with as he won the fifth frame, 80-5.

In the night’s other match, Mark Davis scored a 5-3 win against Shaun Murphy.

Earlier on Thursday, England’s Ricky Walden scored a 5-2 victory in his round two match with Martin Gould.

Gould started wth a 74-38 win, before Walden won four in a row.

The 92-3 victory in frame two included a break of 86. 

The tournament’s sixth seed, Walden won frame three, 91-0, and the next two, 70-56 and 67-58.

The run was stopped in the sixth as Gould won 107-0.

Walden dominated the next frame, 87-1, to wrap up the contest.

England’s Judd Trump and China’s Xiao Guodong both kept their championships hopes alive.

One of the matches of the tournament was Guodong’s fightback to beat Peter Ebdon, 5-4.

Trump triumphed against Alan McManus.

Friday's quarter-finals action begins at 1pm when Matthew Stevens takes on Xiao Guodong, and Judd Trump faces Ricky Walden.

The night session hits off at 7pm. Stuart Bingham will pit his skill against Mark Davis.

Robertson and Robert Milkins will be striving to reach Saturday’s semi-finals.

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