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O'Sullivan powers past Milkins

Ronnie O'Sullivan blew away Robert Milkins in less than 68 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Championship in York.

The 'Rocket' rattled off a 6-0 win with the minimum of fuss to set up a clash with Stuart Bingham, who he beat in the final of the recent Champion of Champions event in Coventry.

O'Sullivan took the opening two frames with breaks of 76 and 63 and it was one-way traffic from there on.

He made 93 and 58 to lead 4-0 at the interval and 67 and 57 to wrap up victory, with Neil Robertson and Joe Perry yet to return from their mid-session interval on the other table.

O'Sullivan said afterwards: "I played some good stuff. I was hitting the ball with much more authority, which allows me to be a bit more aggressive and go for my shots a bit more freely.

"It hasn't been like that this whole week. I've had spells where I haven't been able to take the game by the scruff of the neck."

Bingham awaits after a routine 6-1 win over Irish surprise package David Morris.

O'Sullivan said of the Basildon player: "We had a good match in Sheffield and a good match in the Champion of Champions.

"Stuart's one of the most consistent performers on the tour and has been for the past two or three years. He's getting to the latter stages of most events now and he's one of the favourites to win tournaments."