Morgan gets whitewashed by Parrott

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John Parrott had not beaten Darren Morgan for eight years until they met in the Grand Prix at Bournemouth yesterday, but it was worth the wait for Parrott as he recorded a comprehensive 5-0 whitewash in only 80 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.

The result was further proof that the 1991 world and UK champion has overcome the loss of his old cue that went missing in the post last month. "In fact, I'm thinking of offering a reward to the person who stole it," Parrott joked. "It's the biggest favour I've had done to me in the last four years. Even if it turns up now with my 1974 Christmas cards, I wouldn't use it again." The world No 4's display prompted Morgan to say: "I'm thinking of getting someone to pinch my cue."

Parrott kicked off with modest runs of 34 and 22 to take the first frame 80-11. He quickly improved, notching breaks of 65, 51, 69 and 65 to lead 4-0 at the mid-session interval. The last frame of the match was the scrappiest and was eventually decided on the final yellow.

"I know Darren is a top class player, but whenever I've met him in the past my form has been awful," Parrott said. "But now I'm in really good form and there's no reason why I can't go on to win the tournament."