World Champion Judd Trump was off to a winning start as the Matchroom.Live Championship League got underway in Milton Keynes.
The return of live snooker, after an 11-week absence, saw Trump pick up where he left off in March when he won the Gibraltar Open – his sixth ranking title of the season.
The world number one was far from his best, but by beating David Grace 3-0 and Elliot Slessor 3-1 in his first two matches he did enough to top Group 2 and secure his place in the Group Winners’ stage next Wednesday.
World number 11 Gilbert opened with a 3-0 defeat of Jackson Page, firing breaks of 65, 51 and 89, then drew 2-2 with Jak Jones. In his third match he beat Stuart Carrington 3-0 with a top run of 100 to book his place in the second phase.
The action continues on Tuesday with Jack Lisowski, Michael Holt and Luca Brecel among the players on the baize.
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