Thursday 18 January 2018

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.

Shaun Murphy set up a quarter-final with John Higgins after beating Ricky Walden 6-4.

Import Pretorius gets Welsh Six Nations call


South Africa-born forward Andries Pretorius has been named in Wales' Six Nations squad.

The 27-year-old Cardiff Blues back-row is among five uncapped players selected in a 35-man group by Wales interim head coach Rob Howley.

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.

Irish Independent

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