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Williams overpowers Maguire

Mark Williams beat an in-form Stephen Maguire 6-4 to book his place in the second round of the BGC Masters at Alexandra Palace.

A 57 break took Williams to the brink of winning the first frame but he eventually had to take it on the final black after Maguire roared back.

The Welshman took the second after a break of 72 and the next with a 64, before runs of 35 and 53 ensured a sweep of the pre-interval frames.

Maguire cut the deficit to 4-2 before Williams won a low-key seventh frame to move within one of victory.

But, despite causing problems for Maguire with some excellent safety play in frame eight, he missed a simple red and the Scot battled back to impressively take the frame.

He added the next with a break of 77 to go just one frame behind at 5-4 but Williams finally closed out the match in the next frame with a break of 51.