STUART BINGHAM brushed aside former world number three James Wattana to breeze into round two of the UK Championship at the York Barbican.

The 2015 world champion, twice a semi-finalist in York, scored four half-century breaks in the last three frames to win 6-0 and suggest his game is in good order.

Bangkok-born veteran Wattana - the 'Thai-phoon', who twice reached the World Championship semi-finals in his heyday - had plenty of chances early in the match but was unable to make the most of them and Bingham finished strongly.

The 42-year-old victor said: "It was a bit of a slow start but I got going in the end."

Elsewhere, Hong Kong star Marcu Fu brushed aside Hammad Miah in another 6-0 whitewash.

Fu, the UK runner-up in 2008 and a semi-finalist two seasons ago, has struggled for his best form so far this season following eye surgery earlier this year, but knocked in a hundred and three half-centuries in his straightforward passage to the second round.

There was another whitewash later in the day as Joe Perry kicked off his UK campaign in super style against John Astley.

Indeed, Perry, a quarter-finalist here 12 months ago, could be eyeing another good run judging by this first-round performance.

He dominated the opening frame then rattled off breaks of 84 and 76 to race 3-0 up before compiling a splendid 107 in frame four.

Astley did not score another point after the mid-session interval as Perry rattled in a fabulous total clearance of 143 in frame five before sealing his progress with a run of 60 in the sixth.

There was disappointment for 1995 World Championship runner-up Nigel Bond as he fell 6-2 to fellow Englishmen Andrew Higginson to bow out in round one.

Amid the action tonight, three-time winner John Higgins takes on the unpredictable Thai talent Dechawat Poomjaeng and Northern Ireland's Mark Allen plays Egypt's Basem Eltahhan.

The in-form Judd Trump, meanwhile, claimed he was far from his best on the opening night at the Barbican - despite blowing away first-round opponent David Lilley.

Trump, who went into the event on the back of a thrilling victory in the Northern Ireland Open where he beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final, fired two centuries in a 6-0 win at the Barbican.

The 2011 champion book-ended his win with breaks of 128 in the first frame and 113 in the sixth but said: "I didn't think I played very well. I made a couple of important clearances but otherwise I felt rusty out there. I got a bit of luck and the scoreline was flattering."

Dominic Dale will face Trump in round two after beating Gerard Greene 6-4.