Thursday 5 December 2019

Trump gets the better of 'Rocket' in thrilling decider

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Judd Trump and Ronnie O'Sullivan produced a Northern Ireland Open final last night that would have thrilled the late Belfast legend Alex Higgins.

Trump was defending the Alex Higgins Trophy and did so in style, winning 9-7 to pot the £70,000 top prize in a crackling Waterfront Hall atmosphere.

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Trump praised the Belfast crowd after his victory. "The fans in Belfast are amazing - I love coming back here," he said. "I knew I needed to get off to a good start because otherwise Ronnie will steamroller you."

Trump wrapped up victory with a break of 84 to deny the 'Rocket' the chance of taking it to a deciding frame. After the evening's mid session interval, Trump surged ahead with a 55 before a miss let O'Sullivan back to the table and an excellent 76 break cut the lead to just one frame, 7-6.

Trump bounced back immediately with his fourth century of the final, potting his way to a 124 clearance to move to within one frame of victory, 8-6.

But O'Sullivan was far from finished and added to the lustre of a wonderful final with his second century, a 135.

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