Trump survives Hawkins scare
World No 2 Judd Trump put his best foot forward to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Masters after surviving a major scare against Barry Hawkins.
Trump, who was forced to change his extravagant footwear during the match due to a lack of grip, looked to be sliding to a shock first-round defeat after Hawkins rattled off three successive frames from 3-2 down to put himself within sight of the win.
However, the Bristol ace battled back with a 105 break before edging a tension-filled 10th frame – where Hawkins missed a couple of a straightforward-looking pots with victory within his grasp – to send the match to a decider.
Relieved to to still be in contention, Trump then rattled off a brilliant break of 107 in the final frame to claim a 6-5 victory and will meet Scot Graeme Dott in the last eight.
Import Pretorius gets Welsh Six Nations call
South Africa-born forward Andries Pretorius has been named in Wales' Six Nations squad.
Pretorius qualifies on residency for Wales and became available for selection last month.
He is joined in the squad by his Blues back-row team-mate Josh Navidi, Ospreys wing Eli Walker and second-row James King, plus Newport Gwent Dragons second-row Andrew Coombs.