Friday 25 May 2018

Nervy Trump survives major scare

 

Anthony McGill on his way to beating Ryan Day in the 2018 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible. Phot: Tim Goode/PA
Anthony McGill on his way to beating Ryan Day in the 2018 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible. Phot: Tim Goode/PA

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Judd Trump survived a major scare in the first round of the World Championships against World No 55 Chris Wakelin before eventually falling over the line 10-9 after an epic final frame.

Trump had held a 8-4 lead earlier in the day before the Crucible debutant fought his way back to level 8-8 and then force a final frame decider.

The 19th frame was high on drama but low and quality and it looked like Wakelin had the match in his hands when he went in off while potting the pink with a 34-32 lead.

The World No 4 eventually fell over the line helped by Wakelin inadvertently potting the black.

Anthony McGill has earned a shot at Ding Junhui in the second round after staging an impressive fightback to oust Ryan Day 10-8.

World No 17 Day was on top for large stretches of the match but blew a big lead as he bowed out in round one for the fourth successive year. Qualifier Day made breaks of 141 and 145 in the first session but his fluency had deserted him, and the Welshman squandered chances to make it 9-9 before McGill stumbled over the winning line.

Meanwhile, Mark Allen moved into an early lead in his second-round clash with Joe Perry.

The left-hander from Antrim edged an absorbing first session 5-3 against the man who knocked out defending champion Mark Selby on the opening day of the tournament.

Irish Independent

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