Hendry hurries to fourth title

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Stephen Hendry won the UK Championship for the fourth time in six years at Preston last night with a commanding 10-3 victory over Peter Ebdon.

Having secured a pounds 25,000 bonus for a 147 maximum against Gary Wilkinson in the last 16, Hendry underlined his superiority in the final by finishing with a clearance of 146.

The Scot said, after securing the 24th ranking title of his career: "You'll see the best of me in the next two or three years. But if I'm to improve, I need someone to push me."

ROYAL LIVER ASSURANCE UK CHAMPIONSHIP (Preston) Final: S Hendry (Sco) bt P Ebdon (Eng) 10-3. Frame scores (Hendry first): 118-9 (118 break) 83-21 78-56 109-32 12-76 69-49 81-51 69-45 27-57 2-109 69-27 77-41 146- 0 (146).