Hawkins and Murphy gain impressive wins

Barry Hawkins beat Jack Lisowski 10 - 3.

Barry Hawkins beat Jack Lisowski 10 – 3.

BARRY Hawkins and Shaun Murphy eased through to the second round of the World Championship with convincing wins.

Australian Open winner Hawkins won all four frames played in his final session against Jack Lisowski after earning a 6-3 lead from the first session.

Hawkins proved far too strong for the Cheltenham born 21-year-old who was making his Crucible debut.

Hawkins will face either Matthew Selt or world number one Mark Selby in the next round.

And Shaun Murphy, who won the World Championship eight years ago, was in fine form as he booked a place in the last 16 stage with a 10-5 win over Martin Gould.

Murphy had a 5-4 advantage from yesterday’s opening session and moved to 6-4 in front after winning a long opening frame.

But the remainder of the match saw Murphy compile some stunning snooker. Breaks of 95 and 78 soon increased his lead to 8-4.

Gould kept his slim hopes of creating an upset alive when he pulled a frame back but Murphy went a step closer to victory with a break of 106 after the mid-session interval.

And Murphy sealed the win with another quality break of 95 to set up a last 16 clash with either Graeme Dott or Peter Ebdon.

World Championship 2013 – Day 2 Key Points

21-year-old debutant Michael White wins his first match at the Crucible beating two-times world champion Mark Williams.

Four-times winner John Higgins in danger of suffering an early exit trailing 6-3 to Mark Davis.

Rising star Jack Lisowski suffers first round defeat to Barry Hawkins in his first match at the Crucible.

Dott in charge over Ebdon, Walden nets first win at the Crucible

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