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Williams canters into Grand Finals' last 16

Mark Williams cruised into the quarter-finals of the Players' Tour Championship Grand Finals in Dublin with a 4-0 win over Anthony Hamilton.

Williams, the world number two, needed barely 50 minutes to secure his place in the next round against an outclassed Hamilton, ranked 41st.

A 111 break saw him claim the first frame and while it was Hamilton's lack of form which gifted the favourite the second and third, Williams' sublime 143 provided the knock-out blow to carry the Welshman through.

Matthew Stevens also progressed into the last eight with victory against fellow Welshman Dominic Dale.

Stevens was a 4-1 winner and in control almost throughout, with a highest break of 93.

That score saw him win the first frame inside nine minutes and while the second went against him with Dale's 46 helping him go level, Stevens won the next three to progress.

Stevens, who will play either Marcus Campbell or Stuart Bingham in the last eight, said: "I love playing in Ireland, and the last time I played here I got to the final of the Irish Masters in 2005, where I lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan."

Earlier, Shaun Murphy saw off Ricky Walden in his first test.

The 2005 world champion, who topped the PTC order of merit, beat Walden 4-2 to set up a quarter-final with Stephen Lee or Mark Davis.

Martin Gould was an easy 4-0 winner against Jamie Jones and will face Judd Trump in the second round.

Gould, who has used the same cue for 15 years, was happy to be reunited with it after it was mislaid on the way to Dublin.

"Without it I would've had to borrow one of the cues here, like a club cue," Gould said. "It would've affected me. It wouldn't have just been this tournament as I've qualified for the China Open, have the Championship League next week and the World Championship, so it would've completely ruined my last part of the season."

Andrew Higginson beat Jack Lisowski 4-1 and will face Mark Selby in the quarter-finals.