Friday 24 May 2019

Trump and Gilbert nearing final spots

 

Judd Trump during day fourteen of the 2019 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
Judd Trump during day fourteen of the 2019 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Judd Trump recovered from falling 6-5 behind to take a 9-7 semi-final lead over Gary Wilson in his pursuit of a first World Championship final since 2011.

Wilson took the opening frame yesterday with an excellent 65 clearance to lead 5-4. But Trump made a 56 as he recovered to 5-5 before a tense 35-minute 11th frame went Wilson's way.

Masters champion Trump then stepped up a gear as runs of 73, 123 and 75 helped put him in a 9-6 ahead.

Wilson then knocked in a break of 77 in frame 16 to reduce his deficit.

They return at 10am for eight more frames, with the remainder to be played from 7.30pm tomorrow.

David Gilbert leads John Higgins 13-11 in the other semi-final as he nears a shock final appearance in Sheffield.

The four-time champion will fight him all the way though and after taking the two final frames last night, Higgins will be looking to continue his comeback this afternoon from 2.30.

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