Snooker: White hour produces whitewash

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JIMMY WHITE, the favourite to win the Rothmans Grand Prix at Reading after the surprise elimination of both Stephen Hendry and John Parrott, last night cruised into the quarter-finals with a 5-0 whitewash of Mark Johnston-Allen.

Producing the same level of sustained heavy scoring which enabled him to thrash Johnston-Allen 9-3 in the final of this year's European Open, White was at the table for only 62 minutes.

White said: 'I concentrated well and I am obviously delighted with the way I played. I still feel a bit rusty after neglecting my snooker over the summer and I need a few matches to put that right.'

Tomorrow White meets the winner of today's fifth-round match between Neal Foulds and Steve James, the world No 10.

Mark Bennett set up an all- Welsh quarter-final meeting with Terry Griffiths by beating another fellow countryman, Swansea's Tony Chappel, 5-1. Alan McManus, who thrashed the former world champion, Cliff Thorburn, 5-1, will now play Nigel Bond or John Higgins in the last eight.

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