UK Championship: Stuart Bingham and Marco Fu reach round two in York

By Owen Phillips BBC Sport at the York Barbican

Stuart Bingham won the English Open in OctoberBetway UK ChampionshipVenue: York Barbican Dates: 27 November-9 December Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 1 December.Stuart Bingham brushed aside former world number three James Wattana to reach round two of the UK Championship.The 2015 world champion, twice a semi-finalist at the York Barbican, scored four half-centuries in the second half of the match.The 42-year-old said: “It was a bit of a slow start but I got going in the end.”Marco Fu, a runner up in 2008 and a semi-finalist two seasons ago, also progressed into the second round.Hong Kong’s Fu showed signs of a return to form after a tricky season following eye surgery earlier this year, with a break of 101 the highlight of a 6-0 win over Hammad Miah.Tuesday report: Trump, Ding & Robertson into round twoSnooker in ‘catch-22’ situation over betting – BinghamUK Championship 2018: BBC coverage detailsUK Championship 2018 scores, schedule and resultsShaun Murphy, the 2008 champion and a two-time runner-up, begins his title quest in Wednesday’s afternoon session against China’s Chen Feilong.The evening action sees three-time winner John Higgins take on the unpredictable Thai talent Dechawat Poomjaeng and Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen play Egypt’s world number 126 Basem Eltahhan.Sign up to My Sport to follow snooker news and reports on the BBC app.

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