Snooker: Trump and Allen crash out in Preston

Stephen Maguire on his way to victory over Li Hang (eventphotos67)
Stephen Maguire on his way to victory over Li Hang (eventphotos67)

Judd Trump and Mark Allen were surprise first-round casualties at the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix at the Guild Hall on Tuesday.

World number three Trump won the first frame in Preston but fell victim to a fine display by Michael White, the Welshman winning 4-1 with breaks of 55 in the third frame and 89 in the fourth.

Xiao Guodong in action at the Guild Hall in Preston (eventphotos67)

Xiao Guodong in action at the Guild Hall in Preston (eventphotos67)

Allen led Xiao Guodong 3-0 after breaks of 86 in the first frame and 51 in the third.

But the Chinese player roared back with breaks of 89, 78 and 71 to win it in a decider.

John Higgins came out on the right side of a final-frame shoot-out with Ali Carter ,while Joe Perry won 4-2 against the in-form Graeme Dott.

Shaun Murphy wrapped up his 4-1 win over Ricky Walden with a century, as did Neil Robertson having already hit 58, 90 and 59 against David Gilbert.

There were also comfortable wins for Scots Stephen Maguire, 4-0 against Li Hang capped by a 96 break, and Anthony McGill who beat Cao Yupeng 4-1 with breaks of 102, 52 and 66.

RESULTS

First round: Shaun Murphy (Eng) bt Ricky Walden (Eng) 4-1, Neil Robertson (Aus) bt David Gilbert (Eng) 4-1, Michael White (Wal) bt Judd Trump (Eng) 4-1, Anthony McGill (Sco) bt Cao Yupeng (Chn) 4-1, Joe Perry (Eng) bt Graeme Dott (Sco) 4-2, John Higgins (Sco) bt Allister Carter (Eng) 4-3, Stephen Maguire (Sco) bt Li Hang (Chn) 4-0, Xiao Guodong (Chn) bt Mark Allen (NIrl) 4-3.