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Ebdon edges Murphy with superb century to secure second round spot at the World Grand Prix

Vegan power: Peter Ebdon of England plays a shot (credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Peter Ebdon produced a magnificent century break in the deciding frame to knock Masters Champion Shaun Murphy out of the World Grand Prix at the first hurdle in Llandudno on Tuesday afternoon.

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The 2002 World Champion demonstrated his true grit as he dictated the decider with an unstoppable 136 total clearance to wrap up a narrow 4-3 victory.

Ebdon was on-hand to take advantage of an under-par Murphy as he produced an effective combination fine break-building and astute safety to deny this season's man of the moment in the all-new event in North Wales.

It was Murphy who set his stall out with a superb 69 break to claim the opening frame, before the Londoner levelling with runs of 51 and 48 in frame two.

A low-scoring third frame went the way of Ebdon as he punished a series of missed long pots from his opponent, but Murphy hit back to dominate frame four 88-33 for two apiece.

The world number eight then found himself in front courtesy of a top break of 54 in the fifth, but a series of fouls in a scrappy frame that followed ensured Ebdon was to force a decider.

And this season's three-time European Tour winner would fail to register a point in the decider as Ebdon stepped in with a devastating 136 clearance to set up a last 16 show-down with ninth seed Stephen Maguire.

World number 29 Ebdon has failed to progress beyond the third round stage of any major televised event so far this season and finds himself in a gruelling quarter of the draw which also includes reigning World Champion Mark Selby.

Elsewhere, Wuxi Classic finalist Joe Perry registered the highest break of the tournament so far - a 139 in the second frame of an eventual 4-0 whitewash of Ben Woollaston.


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Ebdon edges Murphy with superb century to secure second round spot at the World Grand Prix

Peter Ebdon produced a magnificent century break in the deciding frame to knock Masters Champion Shaun Murphy out of the World Grand Prix at the first hurdle in Llandudno on Tuesday afternoon.

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